2021 Chat Fou
Éric Texier was a nuclear engineer before making wine!
Based in the virtually forgotten area of Brézème, Northern Rhone, Éric makes special wines with a minimalist outlook. He views soil management within the vineyard as one of the most critical aspects as a vigneron. For whites he looks to direct press and use of concrete vats, whereas reds mostly undergo whole bunch fermentation. Chat Fou is Éric’s bistro red. 45% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 20% white varieties including Clairette, Viognier and Chasselas. He has gradually increased the amount of Cinsault used in the wine over the years to combat the rising temperatures in the Rhône. He sees Cinsault to be more sustainable and hold great potential. Some whole bunch, some destemmed and some direct pressed. Brambley, gamey and loaded with dried red fruits. Doesn’t mind a chill. Summer time BBQ red. Loves anything with a char. Grill it and chill it.