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Louis Dressner Selection Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Eric Texier, 2012


Winemaker Eric Texier BRINGS it with this Cotes du Rhone Blanc. This wine is, in a word, lovely. Medium bodied and lush on the palate. Perfect for making the transition back to more whites for the season. Eric Texier's blend lays bare the secret pairing tryst of Grenache and fennel, Grenache and anise, one for all and all for one. And if a lemon vinaigrette were to shimmy up to this Rhone Blanc, you would find the lurking minerality coming forward, making its move. Complex and versatile, this Louis Dressner Import is a real working partner for the many and varied purpose driven! flavors of the adventurous table.

Eric Texier Profile

Eric Texier became a winemaker after a first career 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.Whites from both the Northern and Southern Rhône are made in a similar fashion with barrel fermentation, the use of indigenous yeast and gentling aging without unnecessary racking, fining or filtering. The red wines are made in a similar gentle fashion. Once the grapes have been sorted, they are normally de-stemmed, lightly crushed and placed into traditional open top fermentation tanks. A combination of wood, concrete and stainless steel tanks are used depending on the vintage and the varietal. Once the grapes are placed into the tank, CO2 is used to create a blanket to protect the wine from oxidation.Once fermentation has begun using indigenous yeast, the temperature are controlled and never allowed to exceed 30° C. Pigeage, the pushing down of the cap of grape skins that naturally float to the top of the fermentation tank, and remontage, the gentle pumping over the grape juice over the broken cap, is done usually on a daily basis. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are gently pressed using a bladder press. 


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Ask a Winemaker wrote: "Saw your Texier interest and though you might enjoy the videos we shot with Eric earlier this month in Chicago. Cheers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDtLFnNP2l4&list=PLddUmDhg4G_Ii80zEvJNTWZi1n9NvHZwX"

And: Ask a Winemaker wrote: "Many thanks - our hope is exactly what you describe, that wine lovers will be able to connect to producers and develop a sense of the personality behind the wines they drink without having to travel around the world. Cheers. - Damien" 


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