2015 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Brézème Blanc
Region: France, Rhône Valley
Grape Variety: Roussanne
Dry, medium-bodied white | Teochew-style braised trotters
Roussanne is a difficult grape to work with in the vineyard, being susceptible to mildew and rot, and is usually late to ripen fully. If harvested unripe, it produces a bland, flat wine (Roussanne has low natural acidity); while over-ripe examples are oily and lifeless on the palate.
Eric’s example is very different – he manages to get the exotic, honeyed almond aromas without resorting to special yeasts and enzymes, while retaining as much acidity as possible through careful pruning and canopy management. You get some candied orange on the palate, with some intense depth of flavour that is juxtaposed with its weightlessness. Enjoy with pig trotters, or some aged comté.