Grenache, Clairette and Marsanne
Fresh, soft, spicy, plum and orange skin
Out of all the winemakers out there, Éric Texier has quite the story. Texier worked in nuclear engineering but switched to the world of wine in the early 1990s after reading about wine from Brézème in Northern Rhone. He began biodynamic winemaking in 2001 and became certified in 2003. While making wines in several areas his main focus was on the small and little known appellation of Brézème in the North Rhone. Historically the appellation rivalled the great wines of Hermitage. By 1961, only 1 hectare remained under vines. Chat Fou, or Crazy Cat, is a blend of Grenache, Clairette and Marsanne from old vines dating between 1968 and 1978. While Texier farms biodynamically, he isn’t a slave to the movement. Chat Fou has slight funkiness on the nose but blows off once opened up. The white grape, Marsanne, adds softness and some aromatic characters to the medium-bodied red.