All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
Texier's Serine bottlings are my favorite in his lineup. The fruit plays an even part with the crunchy and aromatically explosive side of this Syrah brethren. His other Serine bottling, La Clau (only bottled in magnum), plays the high notes in 2016, whereas this 2015 Brézème is a darker, more brooding take.
"100% Syrah. From 70+ year-old vines of a old, pre-clonal variety known as "Serine", planted on a south-facing, limestone marl slope of the Brézème zone (on eastern side of the Rhône River at the southern edge of the northern Rhône Valley). They are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The vinification and aging are identical to Texier's St Julien Serine bottling and thus purely expressive of the cooler, less solar, more limestone-rich Brézème terroir: whole-cluster fermentation with indigneous yeasts and no sulfur in wooden vats with an 8-10-day maceration; no extraction technqiues, only a submerged cap for a gentle infusion of color and flavor; aging in foudres for 36-48 months on the fine lees without racking; bottling without fining or filtration and generally no sulfur." - Importer Note