The old vine wines of Hervé Souhaut

The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet winery sits beneath a 16th century fortified farm in the hills of the Northern Ardeche. Proprietor Hervé Souhaut farms five hectares of mostly old vines, with some surrounding the winery and more further south, in prime St-Joseph locations. All the farming is organic, and sulphur levels are kept very low. There is not much produced, but the wines are outstanding.

Hervé started this domaine in the early 1990s, following a stint with natural wine stars Dard & Ribo. These too are natural wines, in the best possible sense. There is nothing rustic about them. Instead, they offer beautiful clarity of fruit, lovely freshness and perfect balance. We have very small quantities of three wines in stock and ready to go.

Hervé Souhaut 2019 La Souteronne
This is Gamay from the vines around the winery. It is a gorgeous example of the variety that rivals the best wines of Fleurie and Morgon.

Hervé Souhaut 2019 Clos des Cessieux St-Joseph
This St-Joseph is a sunny, floral Syrah from a low-walled vineyard in an excellent site. It is very elegant and finely-wrought.

Hervé Souhaut 2019 Sainte Epine St-Joseph
The Saint Epine vineyard is located on an extremely steep slope in Tourney. The vines are over 100 years old, and the wine they produce is majestic, pure, unadulterated Syrah, layered, complex and delicious.

These are seriously good, small production wines from one of the most exciting artisan producers in the region. Don't miss them.