St. Julien-en-St. Alban Vieille Serine Pergaud
100% Syrah. St. Julien-en-St. Alban is a village and vineyard area at the southernmost edge of the northern Rhône Valley, on the western side of the Rhône River in the Ardèche. Its granite soils, higher altitude and greater overall warmth distinguish it from Texier's other main vineyard site in Brézème, across the Rhône on the east side with limestone soils and slightly cooler temperatures. As he does in Brézème, Eric owns a small parcel of vines of old Serine--the legendary and unique group of non-clonal, highly variable Syrah--which he farms organically and harvests by hand (as with all of his vines). The wine is made in the same way as Texier's others: whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts in concrete tank with a short one-week maceration . There is no punching down or other cap submersion (only a moistening of the cap with wine) in order to avoid overextraction. Unlike the younger-vine, concrete-aged St. Julien Syrah bottling, the Pergaud Serine is aged for about 30 months in old 2500-liter foudres and bottled with no sulfur.