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2010 Éric Texier Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine

by Salil » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:43 pm

Opened at 2 pm to give it some air. First impression then with a few small sips were that this is a beautiful, pure and fragrant expression of classic North Rhone Syrah.

A few hours later, after it's had some time to breathe, it's utterly jawdropping.

I am awed that a wine with this finesse and sense of seamlessness is still available for around $35. (I can think of very few examples from Côte-Rôtie or other more exalted and more expensive appellations that have this sort of fragrance, purity and elegance.)

Fresh berried fruit framed by a bright high toned florality, savoury earthiness and gentler meaty and saline elements, all conveyed with a delicate touch and amazing finesse on the palate. Bright acids keep it very fresh and lively, and the flavours linger long after each sip. Utterly spectacular wine.

Thanks, Eric.
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Re: 2010 Éric Texier Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine

by Tim York » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:31 am

It's a constant frustration reading TNs like this that Éric's wines don't seem to be available in Belgium :( . Is that because his négociant status is seen as a turn-off by cavistes?
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Re: 2010 Éric Texier Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine

by Eric Texier » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:52 am

Thanks for the kind words, Salil.

I am very pleased to see that my second shot at the Saint Julien en Saint Alban terroir is not too far from the target...
Like I already explain, I think that I picked the 2009 grapes a little too late, by ignorance of the terroir, lack of experience and reference (no-one has made any wine in SJSA for the past 30 years...).
But the '09 was so well recieved that I was really worried that a lot of people will see it as a benchmark for this wine ( exactly like '09 bojos were THE vintage that revealed Beaujolais to a lot of CA pinot drinkers who are really dissapointed now with the fantastic 2010s).
2009 is a very early and sunny vintage, that I have seen only twice in the northern rhone in the past 15 years. So 2010 is the first "normal" vintage I have to deal with.
If SJSA is definitely a more gentle and civilized syrah than the Brézème, the plush, soft character of the 2009 is probably more a vintage thing than a terroir thing. IMO.

I'd say that 2010 is, for now, my own benchmark.



Tom,

Wijnfolie is my distributor in Belgium. I'll be there Nov 17-19! And yes, like in France, they see me as a négociant because 5000 bottles out of my total production of 75 000 is made from purchased grapes...
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Re: 2010 Éric Texier Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine

by Tim York » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:38 pm

Eric Texier wrote:Wijnfolie is my distributor in Belgium. I'll be there Nov 17-19! And yes, like in France, they see me as a négociant because 5000 bottles out of my total production of 75 000 is made from purchased grapes...


I'll try to make it there. It's near Ghent, I think.
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