Martin Texier, Côtes du Rhône

Martin Texier – Domaine de l’Amandier, Saint Julien en Saint Alban

The economics didn’t really appeal to Martin. So after studying it for five years at university he decided to change path and spend time discovering the wine and music world in Europe and New York instead. Martin settled in the Ouveze Valley, Northern Rhone in 2014, with his own wine project.

In this area you’ll find clay, limestone, schist, gneiss and granit soils, which makes it suitable for growing both Grenache, Syrah and some various white varieties. Martin aims to develop the vineyards of the valley by replanting traditional varieties and maintain ancient, natural winemaking methods.

Today he reigns over five hectares in the area of Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban, where his more famous father, (in the world of wine) Eric Texier has his vineyards too. We are really happy to be able to work with this guy from his start in 2015, the future looks bright. Since 2017 he also works his father’s five hectares of vineyards, which helps him pay the bills enables Eric to have a more relaxed life in the later stage of adulthood.

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Martin makes pure, fruit driven and elegant reds, and some fresh and fruity Petnat from his two hectare of white Chasselas and Muscat.

2016 Petite Nature

Soil: Argilo calcaire, quartz and gneiss on top of granite rock
Grape: 50% Pink & white Chasselas, 50% Muscat du Hambourg
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 13 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press and then nearly the whole fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, bottled in the end of November 2016 with 15 grams sugar left for continuously fermentation to create fine bubbles.


2016 Côtes du Rhône (Previously L’Indigène)

Soil: Clay, limestone, gneiss and schist.
Grape: Grenache
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation with minimal extraction. Maceration for 2 weeks with the skins and then gently pressed and moved to concrete tanks where it rested over the winter. Bottled in Mars 2017.


2016 Cinasult

Soil: Clay, limestone, gneiss and schist.
Grape: Cinsault
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 63 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 50% whole bunches and 50% destemmed and fermented for one week with minimal extarction. The wine was then gently pressed and moved to a concrete tanks where it rested over the winter. Bottled in Mars 2017.


2016 Syrah

Soil: Clay, limestone, gneiss and schist.
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 63 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed and fermented with the skins for 2 weeks, very careful pigeage by feet. Then carefully pressed and put in fiberglass tanks for ageing until it was bottled the third week in March 2017.


2016 Brézème

Soil: Rocky soil with clay, limestone and pebbles
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Age of Vines: 30 years old
Yields: 25hl/h

Vinification: 50% whole bunches-maceration carbonic and 50% destemmed. After 4 days some careful crushing by feet and then 3 more days of maceration with a bit of pigeage before gently pressing. The wine was then moved to a concrete tanks for continuous fermentation and ageing. Bottled in June 2017.