2015 Eric Texier Domaine de Pergaud St. Julien en St. Alban Blanc Vieille Marsanne
Region: France, Rhône
Grape Varieties: Marsanne
Dry, med-bodied white; indescribable | Truffles, black and white
Dense and intense, in part from months of maceration in tinajas, 2015 is a very unique vintage for this wine. There is immense aging potential here. Contrary to what has been spread, the 2015’s actually have very high acidity due to elevated levels of tartaric acid during the harvest. No addition of SO2!
Eric Texier made the unprecedented leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early 1990s. In keeping with his rigorous academic background, he studied oenology in Bordeaux. While learning the ropes in the Mâcon at Verget by day, he burned the midnight oil reading original handbooks and manuals from the 19th century to learn about long-lost styles and vinification techniques.
"Domaine de Pergaud" marks Eric's wines from his oldest red and white vines in both Brézème and St. Julien en St. Alban. The name is an homage to François Pouchoulin's Domaine de Pergault. When Eric began his pilgrimage into wine, Pouchoulin (also known as the "godfather of Brézème") introduced him to this corner of the Rhône. In many ways, Eric has now picked up the mantle from Pouchoulin, who had single-handedly kept the name alive for the previous 50 years.
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