Pergaud St. Julien-en-St. Alban Vieille Serine Côtes-du-Rhône
100% Syrah. From Texier's oldest vines, planted in the 1930's, on the granite soils of the warm St-Julien en St-Alban vineyard area (on the western 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 Brézème 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.