Herve Souhaut 'La Souteronne' Gamay 2019
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Hervé Souhaut needs little introduction. After converting the cellars of his wife's parents generations old hunting lodge into a winery, they begun working four parcels of vines in St. Joseph, in the Northern Rhone. Due to the elevation, ancient vineyard sites and southern exposures this is regarded as one of the finest grape growing regions in the world. They also work an additional 20 acres of Vin De Pays vineyards on the plateau, under the Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet name.
Starting in 1993, Hervé didn't take long before making a name for himself. With all of his wines now selling by allocation he produces around 3750 cases a year, and thats likely where it will stay.
Hervé makes wines in a style that are ready to drink, which is not so much the norm of the Northern Rhone. Typically wines from the region are made with intense tannin, to be aged and to soften and develop over time. Herve however prefers subtlety and finesse in his winemaking, and looks for the perfect balance between acid and tannin at bottling. His wines are simply pure and elegant.
'La Souteronne' is 100% Gamay from 60-80 year old vines, pouring a vibrant, velvet like purple. Wafting aromas of strawberries, black cherries, plum, fig paste, smokey herbs and pounded stones. The palate is plush with black fruits, leading onto more delicate red berries with that stoney minerality coming in to play.