All the finesse of Clairette, with a touch of Marsanne, from the warm granite soils of St. Julien and St. Alban, in the Ardéche. This is a beautiful, multi-layered wine, and a reference to Adèle Blanc-Sec, the heroine of a newspaper comic strip, set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. It has appealing aromas of apple, peach, bergamot, citrus peel and jasmine. On the palate it is very intriguing and fresh with more of the same fruit and a herbaceous, textured mouthfeel finishing crisp and dry.
Try this with shellfish, seafood, or serve as an aperitif with hard cheese.
A man of conviction but by no means a zealot, Eric Texier likes to push the boundaries.
Despite having no experience or contacts in wine, Eric decided to give up his career as a nuclear engineer and study winemaking in 1992, interning with Jean-Marie Guffens at Verget in Mâcon. Lacking the network to buy his own vineyard, Eric did his time with established winemakers then made négoce wines with the fruit of like-minded purists until he was introduced to François Pouchoulin, AKA the Godfather of Brézème. Today, Eric and Laurence have 12 hectares under vine, with vines aged from 30 to 90 years old on both sides of the Rhone, all worked organically. This is not a sudden conversion or a response to trend, Eric has worked organically since the beginning. As for biodynamics, he follows some of its principles but is not dogmatic about it.
Demonstrating the classic granite profile of the Northern Rhône, grapes are organically farmed on the northern bank of the Ouvèze in Ardèche. With harvest carried out by hand.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed using a pneumatic press, allowed to naturally cold settling, before spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeasts. Both fermentation and ageing is in concrete tank, with the wine kept on its lees for 6 to 8 months. No sulphur is used before bottling.