Julien Cécillon 'Les Graviers' Syrah, France 2021
Julien Cécillon winery was founded by two winemakers, Texas-born Nancy Kershen and Rhône native Julien, who labor together to make elegant but-drinkable wines. Les Graviers’ is a négociant blend of three vineyard sites in the Rhône. Most fruit comes from the southern parts of the Drôme and Ardèche, and a smaller amount from vineyards around Tournon. Fermentation is 70% destemmed, 30% whole-cluster in stainless steel. Élevage is between 8 to 14 months in neutral barrels. These are for fans of tradition here but also appreciate a polished touch. So if you’re curious, snatch some Cécillon while you can.
Pairing: Braised Beef, Polenta with mushroom in a red wine jus
Soil: Clay-limestone and granite with pebbles