Martin Texier Cotes du Rhone Grenache 2020
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Direct Press Selection | June 2022
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DJ turned winemaker, and son of the infamous Eric Texier (who seems to be mentioned in every other French natural wine project these days), Martin Texier makes some of my favorite wines from the Rhone valley. He farms about 5 hectares in the village of St.-Julien-en-St.-Alban, planted to the classic grape varieties of the region: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Roussanne and others. After a couple vintages of uber-natural tasting wines, Martin shifted his attention to farming his vines with the utmost care in order to yield healthy fruit to produce clean, delicious wines that require no additions. The most recent vintage I tasted is certainly my favorite, full of energy and character and not a mouse tail in sight.
Martin's Cotes du Rhone bottling is 100% Grenache from 30 year old wines planted on granitic soil. Given a gentle whole cluster maceration for a week, this is a light, juicy and refreshing expression of this joyful grape. Aromas of fresh red berries and sandalwood jump out of the glass, with cherry, wild strawberry and blood orange on the palate. Great served slightly chilled, and exactly what I would want with pizza.
[Kirk Sutherland, June 2022]