Pergaud St. Julien-en-St. Alban Vieille Serine Côtes-du-Rhône

2014
France
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.

92 points
"These are Monsieur Texier’s oldest syrah vines, as these ancient petite serine vines were planted in the 1930s. The soils in this appellation are pure granite on the west bank of the river, and Éric ferments this wine in cement and ages it fully three years in old foudres without racking prior to bottling without fining, filtration or any added SO2. The 2014 version is starting to really show some secondary layers in its superb bouquet of dark berries, spit-roasted venison, black olive, stony minerality, woodsmoke, a bit of hazelnut, pepper and lovely autumnal notes of fallen leaves. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and wide open in personality, with an excellent core of black fruit, modest tannins, lovely focus and grip and a long, complex and peppery finish. While this still has some tannin to carry it further along its path, it is really drinking so well today that it is hard to argue for deferring any gratification! 2020-2045."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0396-14
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Syrah
Farming Type: 
Organic