Eric Texier "Brézème" Blanc

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Grapes: Rousanne

Region: Rhone, France

Vintage: 2022

Viticulture: Organic

Soils: Limestone + Granite

Vinification: Direct press into concrete

Aging: on the lees in concrete

Fining or Filtering: Minimal

Sulfur: Minimal added at bottling

Notes from the Importer: 

It is no exaggeration that Eric Texier is one of the most important people we have come to know in our 30+ years of wine importing. Not important in a boisterous or regal sense, but rather from an evolutionary perspective. People like Eric and his wife Laurence helped us discover that mutual respect, growth and friendship were possible in this line of work, that a "business relationship" could shape philosophies, world views, values and even our senses of humor! For this we are grateful. 

A Bordeaux native who has lived in or around Lyon since 1979, Eric is a jovial, energetic and fun-loving person who wants his wines to make their drinkers happy. But he is also a boundary pusher, endlessly questioning his own work (and let's be honest, the work of others) for the sake of moving viticulture and winemaking forward.

Eric is a trailblazer, having put the all but extinct regions of Brézème and Saint Julien en Sain Alban on the map. He experiments with concepts you rarely if ever hear about elsewhere: finding acidity in Marsanne through anforas, not working the soil in favor of cover crops, "infusion" style macerations, working on his own grafts, rediscovering forgotten grapes adaptable to the very real threat of climate change...

Strongly opinionated, he is not afraid to ruffle feathers or call people out on their bullsheeeeet in his heavily accented but perfect English. And since Eric always backs his claims with serious research, careful thought and true care for the subject matter, you'd best think twice before writing him off. I mean, the guy used to be a nuclear engineer!

Having said that, Eric loves to learn and exchange. And he can even admit when he's wrong! One of the things we are most proud of here at LDM is the cross-pollination of growers we work with: growers who've befriended each other, talked shop for hours and drawn inspiration from each other's know-how and techniques. Eric truly is the poster child and "the glue" of so many of these friendships. 

He originally became a winemaker after a first career as an engineer in the nuclear industry and without any family background in vines or wines. As such, his goals and methods developed not so much from his years of schooling, but from his readings, his visiting winemakers around the world, and working in Burgundy with Jean-Marie Guffens at Verget.

After giving up the idea of buying vineyards, which was too costly a proposition for a beginner with his ambitions, he started a small négoce where he selected particularly interesting vineyard plots worked by the sincere, hard-working farmers who grew the healthy grapes he wanted to buy and vinify. He rediscovered nearly forgotten areas of ancient fame, like Brézème in the northern Cote du Rhone, and nurtured relationships with people who tend their vines with passion and care. Over the years, the shift from negociant to vigneron has occurred, and today Eric owns and rents the vast majority of the vines that go into his production. He has also replanted several hectares in Brézème and in Saint-Julien en Sain Alban with Syrah and Rousanne.

In his purely négoce days, Eric was producing 30 different wines from 10 different origins, mostly but not limited to the Northern Rhone. As a land owner and vigneron, he produces 12 different wines from four different origins, with the Cote Rotie, Rasteau and Chateaneuf du Pape the only remaining cuvees made with purchased fruit. 

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