“le cru de Brezeme … valaient presque l’Hermitage aux yeux du connaisseur”: A pair of excellent 2012 Rhone wines from Eric Texier
It was inevitably that I would write down a tasting note for the 2012 Eric Texier, Chat Fou, Cotes du Rhone. I find it a captivating Cotes du Rhone both on the nose and in the mouth. Mind you I only bothered to take a note on my fourth encounter with the wine. The inclusion of 20% white Rhone varieties in the blend might explain its forward drinking ability but what matters is that you simply drink a bottle as soon as possible. From the same vintage but on the northern end of things comes the 2012 Eric Texier, Brézème, Cotes du Rhone. Brézème is an old region that declined in popularity in the mid 20th century. The wines were highly regarded in the 19th century when they were compared to those of Hermitage. This historic popularity caught the interest of Eric Texier who now produces three wines from this region. I found this particular bottling clearly evocative of Northern Rhone Syrah. It is both forward drinking and capable of development. Good wine from the Northern Rhone tends to be expensive but this wine is attractively priced. I recommend you pick up a mixed case comprised of these two selections. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Eric Texier, Chat Fou, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Clairette, Marsanne, and Chasselas that was fermented in a mixture of large wooden vats and stainless steel. Alcohol 12.5%. In the mouth are lively, blue and black fruit that bears a subtle ripeness. The wine is focused with just the slightest of black structure which is left on the bottom sides of the gums. Quite attractive. This could use a few more months to open up. *** Now-2016.
2012 Eric Texier, Brézème, Cotes du Rhone – $25
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 10-15 year old vines. Alcohol 14%. Slightly meaty aromas clearly from Syrah. In the mouth were red, complex floral flavors evocative of Northern Rhone Syrah. The fruit had a slight weight and gentle ripeness at the start followed by a drier finish. There was a touch of bacon fat and eventually tart, red fruit. The acidity and structure are in such balance that it is only later that you realize this wine has the ability to age. *** Now-2025.