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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Eric Texier Cote Rotie Vielles Vignes 2005
Eric Texier Cote Rotie Vielles Vignes 2005
(search item no. 92261)

PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $59.99

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Syrah from vines that are 40-70 years old.

Côte Rôtie has a long and illustrious history with numerous enthusiasts worldwide. In the eighteenth century, Thomas Jefferson visited Côte Rôtie while he was America's ambassador to France and described the wine region as "a string of broken hills extending a league on the river from the village of Ampuis to the town of Condrieu." Jefferson had become an expert on wine after traveling to all of the major wine regions within France, Italy and Germany to taste, discuss and buy wine. And his personal pleasure in wine was clear: "Good wine is a daily necessity for me," he wrote. During his visit Jefferson purchased Côte Rôtie, having it bottled and put in wooden cases for shipment to his home in Paris. And in 1787 he wrote about his Côte Rôtie wines: "There is a quality which keeps well, bears transportation and that cannot be drunk under four years."

Eric's Côte Rôtie is a rich and velvety wine reminiscent of the elegance found in Burgundian Pinot Noir. A perfumed and intense nose of cassis and smoky bacon fat with hints of violet combined with the crisp acidity and fine tannins build a complex and perfectly balanced palate for this sensational wine. You can easily expect Eric's Côte Rôtie to age gracefully from 10 to 20 years.

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About Eric Texier:

Eric was born in Bordeaux in 1961 and has lived in or around Lyon since 1979. He was originally trained as a material scientist and spent a year studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1990, after years working in the leisure and nuclear industries, he decided to make a career of his true passion - wine.

In 1992, Éric went back to Bordeaux to formally study viticulture and oenology at Bordeaux University. When he finished he worked with Jean-Marie Guffens at Verget. Guffens, who above all respected the terroir and strived to make wines reflecting the terroir, taught Éric to use the lees to enhance the wine's natural flavors rather than discard them as byproducts of winemaking. He also taught to embrace the botrytis affected grapes to produce superbly concentrated sweet wines. And it was there that Éric developed the abilities to determine the vigneron's viticulture practices and to only buy from growers who had respected the terroir and used minimal intervention into the natural life cycle (generally organic principles of little to no herbicides, no machines, etc.).

Applying old world traditions and experience with the new world's freedom Éric made his first wine in 1995. He began in the Mâconnais (a department in the Bourgogne region) and soon expanded to the Nôrthern Rhône which lead him still further south to the many Côte du Rhône villages and finally to Châteauneuf du Pape.

Today Éric produces approximately 25 unique wines each year that can be found in more than 10 countries around the world.