Eric Texier made the unprecedented leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early nineties. He was fed up with the “Soviet” side of working for big companies and craved the freedom that working for himself could bring. Although his passion for wine was began from the wines of Burgundy and, like many other vignerons, his first choice would have been to acquire some Burgundian vines, he lacked the small fortune required. He was inspired by an older generation of Rhône producers like Marius Gentaz, Noel Verset, Raymond Trollat and Pouchoulin, and felt that a successor was needed. Drawing on their methods of only using natural yeasts and leaving the bunches intact, he developed some of his own ideas and techniques as well.
Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Chat Fou 2018
A fresh, light Cotes du Rhone made from Grenache and 15% white grapes. The red and white grapes are fermented together with native yeasts and then aged in concrete for 18 months. Vibrant rasberry and strawberry fruit with a savoury, peppery edge. Eric Texier is based in Brézème, north of the Rhone Valley. Eric first worked in nuclear technology before devoting himself entirely to the world of wine in the early 1990s. He practices viticulture and enology in a minimalistic way, with particular emphasis on the management of the soil of his vineyards.
Winemaking: Organic viniculture, herbicide-free farming, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No filtration or clarification. Artisanal, no added sulfites and vegan friendly.