February 22, 2015

The Wines of Herve Souhaut

Time for some wine talk, something I don't do much of around here anymore. I recently got turned on to
the interesting wines of Herve Souhaut by my buddy Eric at Le Caveau Fine Wines. Souhaut makes wine under the Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet lavel from old vines in the northern Rhone Valley, in area that is widely accepted as being having some of the best soil for wine-making in Europe. The wines are produced by hand,  naturally and organically, with no added sulfur or chemical treatments. The wines can be drinkable young, but they show their best stuff after a few years of bottle age. The white wine pictured above is mostly Roussane with a little Viognier in the mix. This one is especially drinkable now, though a little age certainly won't hurt.
The Les Cessieux is a complex and brooding Syrah that is a brand new wine for Souhaut in 2013. This one isn't giving up the goods yet and is in need of some time before it really starts to strut its stuff. This is a wine to buy and forget about for five years. 100% Syrah from the rocky soils around St. Joseph in the northern Rhone valley. These Souhaut wines are rare, produced in small quantities, and it is treat to get to taste them. Go see Eric at Le Caveau and get some of the rarest wine in town. You won't regret it.

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