Pergaud Brézème Vieille Serine Côtes-du-Rhône

2014
France
Rhône

100% Syrah.  From Texier's oldest vines, planted in the 1930's, on the limestone soils of the Brézème ineyard area (on the eastern side of the Rhône at the southernmost edge of the northern Rhône Valley). Serine is a bit mysterious: it is widely thought of as the oldest form of Syrah but is more of a collection of pre-clonal varieties native to the area that are related to but may or may not actually be Syrah variations. The vines are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The wine is made identically to its St. Julien Serine counterpart: whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts and no sulfur in concrete tank with a short 5-7-day maceration; there is no extraction, only a submerged cap for a gentle infusion of color and flavor; aging was in foudre for 3 years without racking in 2014 and bottling without fining or filtration or any sulfur.

 

93 points
"These old petite serine vines were also planted in the 1930s, so the primary difference between this and the Saint-Julien en Saint-Alban version is that Brézème, sitting across the Rhône is a much cooler microclimate and the soils are chalky, rather than the pure granite in Saint-Julien en Saint-Alban. The two Pergaud bottlings are raised the same in the cellar, gentle extraction during fermentation in cement, three years in old foudres and then bottling without added sulfur, filtration or fining. The 2014 old vine Brézème delivers a beautiful nose of cassis, dark berry, espresso, pepper, roasted meats, chalky soil tones, the first hints of autumn leaves, tapenade and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is elegant, full-bodied and perfectly balanced, with a lovely core of fruit, impressive lift from its undercurrent of minerality, excellent focus and grip and a long, complex, modestly tannic and vibrant finish. Marcel Guigal’s father always said that if he had not been successful starting up his négociant business in Ampuis, he would have liked to have purchased the entire hill of Brézème, and tasting this beautiful wine, one can see why. A superbly complex, understate and refined wine. 2020-2045+. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB8943-14
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Syrah
Farming Type: 
Organic