Andrew Guard

2016 Romaneaux-Destezet Blanc, Hervé Souhaut

90% Roussanne 10% Viognier. Light gold in the glass with lovely scents of white flowers, tropical fruit, wet stones and subtle notes of oak. The palate is supple but fresh with loads of pear and spiced apricot flavours that are backed by elegant mineral notes. Moderate acidity, pear preserve and a a gentle warmth lingers on the finish. Lovely - why drink Condrieu ?

The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Hervé Souhaut. His holdings on the acidic granite soils of the Northern Rhône and the southern Ardèche are a mixture of new and ancient vines — from 50 to 100 years old. Hervé's holdings are minuscule, only five hectares and he employs only organic viticulture and natural winemaking techniques. 

This domaine is one of the most respected producers of wine in the area recognised for producing non interventionist wines 'par excellence'. It was actually this domaine that got me thinking about importing small lots of 'naturally' made wines back in 1998. I stumbled into a shop in Paris quite by accident on my way to a meeting and had an epiphany that began with a bottle of Hervé Souhaut Syrah, I have never looked back.