Exclusive: 2020 Texier Les Chailles

Exclusive: 2020 Texier Les Chailles

Just before Thanksgiving and the onslaught of last year's holiday season, I attended an important tasting in Atlanta. Important because it was a gathering of some very influential winemakers from France and Italy, all of whom are represented by trail blazing importers Louis/Dressner. Of the dozens of great wines on display that day, one stood out immediately. From the first whiff I knew I had something special in my glass.

Today's wine from Rhône wizard Éric Texier, surprised me: it's comprised of Roussanne, a variety that tends to produce soft, rounded white wines lacking in acidity and freshness, but leave it to M. Texier to turn Roussanne upside down. Unlike the prevalent whites from this part of France, this wine is absolutely crackling with energy, full of vibrant citrus, white stone fruit and deep mid-palate concentration. There's a central nerve of acidity here I have not experienced in any white Rhône I've ever had. This is the anti-Rhône white, and that's perhaps why I love it so much. 

I am proud to offer the only bottles of 2020 Éric Texier 'Les Chailles' in South Carolina!   
2020 Éric Texier 'Les Chailles' - $62.99


To order, reply directly to this email or call me at 843.576.4845
Éric made the leap from nuclear engineering to winemaking in the early 1990s. With no family background in wine, he began reading, studying, and visiting traditional winemakers and sustainable farms around the world, quickly developing a passion for wine. His winemaking is based on old-school techniques, inspired by an older generation of Rhône producers.

He is now, undoubtably, one of the most important figures in the industry. Producing a range of wines farmed organically or biodynamically from 30 plots in the Rhône and Macon.

As Louis/Dressner puts it: 'It is no exaggeration that Eric Texier is one of the most important people we have come to know in our 30+ years of wine importing.' 
100% Roussanne from a few select parcels comprised of very rocky, limestone-rich soils in Brézème in the Northern Rhône. The hand-harvested grapes are fermented with native yeast and aged on the lees for 15 months in large, ceramic tanks. Bottled by hand. Only 600 produced

A pristine and mineral driven nose of white peach, lemon, crushed rocks, and elegant floral notes. The palate's texture is thrilling, there's a touch of lushness that is perfectly balanced by crisp citrus fruit and savory minerals. A serious wine and game-changing white Rhône. 
Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants