Eric Texier, Northern Rhône

Éric Texier, Charnay

It’s not an easy task to summarize this guy without writing a novel. There are so many stories and experiences around Éric Texier.
Éric and his wife Laurence met while studying engineering in Lyon. They loved to go mountain climbing together and unexpectedly they also enjoyed drinking wine at those occasions (seems dangerous but this was during the golden 70:s…). The interest in wine increased during that time. When school was finished Éric and Laurence moved into a flat in town and started their grown up carriers in the nuclear industry.

That industry gives you a pretty decent salary, whereupon they started to invest in wines. It was all about the big names when they started, but after a while biggies bored them so Éric started to look outside the box and found another level of greatness in the wines from Gourgonnier, Chamonard, Trollat, Gentaz, Goyard and Guffens, among others.

Another thing that bored Éric was his work, so he decided to make an internship with Jean-Marie Guffens at Domaine Verget in Burgundy. This amazing decision followed by the proper Bordeaux oenology school where he (among many other winemakers we are working with) just learned what he didn’t want to do. After school, in 1995, Éric and Laurence moved to a house in the village of Charnay, southern Beaujolais. Éric made his first own wine from an old parcel of Chardonnay in Saint-Véran and an even older Marsanne from Crozes-Hérmitage. In 1998 Éric fully quit his engineering job and bottled the first wines à la Texier.

In 2000 Éric bought his first 0,5-hectare vineyard in Brèzéme, an almost forgotten appellation just on the border of southern and northern Rhône. Since this place is all about politics and family traditions it’s really hard to buy land here. Anyway, nowadays Éric has 4,5 hectares with old vines of Syrah and Serrine in Brèzéme. In 2009 he also purchased a few hectares in Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban, just up the Ouvèze Valley on the other side of the Rhône River. Today he runs about 7,5 hectares there.

Besides this, Éric makes wines from Côte-Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the southern Rhône where he buys grapes from friends that have the fruit he’s looking for and farms organic.
All wines are vinified in Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban before shipped to Éric and Laurences beautiful cellar in Charnay.

So, why live in Beaujolais and make wine from all over the Rhône Valley? The case was that Éric had a plan to make wine in Burgundy but soon realised that Burgundy needs more money than two engineers salaries. But without doubt, Eric brilliantly manages to make the kind of wines he was longing for.

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The red wines classic, structured and complex. Pure fruit, great length and fine aromatics with a clear origin.
The white wines are fresh, fruity and mineral with fine structure.

2016 Adèle

Soil: Clay, limestone and quartz on top of granite rock.
Grape: Clariette
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 5-40 years old.
Yields: 30hl/h

Vinification: Direct press followed by fermentation in concrete tanks. Ageing 8 months on lees before bottling.


2015 Brézème Roussanne

Soil: Rocky soil with clay, limestone and pebbles.
Grape: Roussanne
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: Planted 1940.
Yields: 20hl/h

Vinification: 50% of the grapes is directly pressed and then fermented and aged in old demi muid. The other 50% is fermenting with the skins in amphora for 2 months, then aged in the same amphora. After 12 months ageing Éric blends the wines and leave them a couple of months in old demi muid before bottling in the end of 2015.


2015 Chat Fou

Soil: Clay, limestone and quartz on top of granite rock.
Grape: Grenache
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 30 years old
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 4 days in open vats before ageing in concrete tanks before bottled after 14 months of aging.


2015 St Julien en St Alban

Soil: Clay, limestone and quartz on top of granite rock
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 30 years old
Yields: 25hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2 weeks in open vats before pressing. 18 months ageing in concrete tanks, bottling in April 2017.


2015 Brézème

Soil: Rocky soil with clay, limestone and pebbles.
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 10-15 years old
Yields: 25hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2 weeks in open vats before pressing. 16 months ageing in concrete tanks, bottled in February 2017.


2013 Brézème Vielles Serine

Soil: Clay and limestone on top of hill and decomposed clay and limestone on bottom.
Grape: Serrine (an old indigenous Syrah variety)
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: over 60 years
Yields: 18hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2 weeks in open vats before pressing. 18 months of ageing in old demi-muid and barriques, then blending and 12 months further ageing in old foudres.


2013 St Julien en St Alban Vielles Serine

Soil: Clay, limestone and quartz on top of granite rock.
Grape: Serrine (an old indigenous Syrah variety)
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 62 years old.
Yields: 18hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2 weeks in open vats before pressing. 18 months of ageing in old demi-muid and barriques, then blending and 12 months further ageing in old foudres.


2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape VV Rouge

Soil: Pebbles
Grape: Grenache, Clairette and Bourbolenc
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Age of Vines: over 70 years old
Yields: 15-20 hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2-3 weeks in open vats before pressing and 24 months of ageing in old demi-muid and barriques. Then the wines are blended and allowed to rest a few more months before bottling.


2014 Côte Rôtie Vielles Vignes

Soil: Granite and decomposed granite, steep terraced vineyard.
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: AOC Côte Rotie
Age of Vines: 40 years old.
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 2 weeks in open vats before 18 months of ageing in old demi-muid and barriques.