Salil wrote:2010 Éric Texier Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine
Opened at 2 pm to give it some air. First impression then with a few small sips were that this is a beautiful, pure and fragrant expression of classic North Rhone Syrah.
A few hours later, after it's had some time to breathe, it's utterly jawdropping.
I am awed that a wine with this finesse and sense of seamlessness is still available for around $35. (I can think of very few examples from Côte-Rôtie or other more exalted and more expensive appellations that have this sort of fragrance, purity and elegance.)
Fresh berried fruit framed by a bright high toned florality, savoury earthiness and gentler meaty and saline elements, all conveyed with a delicate touch and amazing finesse on the palate. Bright acids keep it very fresh and lively, and the flavours linger long after each sip. Utterly spectacular wine.
Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:That area of Minervois can produce some very nice wines. It is an area which most of us tend to pass by, a pity.
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