Andrew Guard

2016 Saint Joseph 'Les Ceyssieux', Hervé Souhaut

Recently a new wine came into play due to inheritance, a super parcel of red Saint-Joseph in the lieu-dit Les Ceyssieux (see main picture) is born. A wine of contemplation and inspiration displaying Syrah’s nobility and virility alongside myriad exquisite fragrances and the superfine texture that are the hand of the maker. This is very rare indeed and will repay careful cellaring handsomely.

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.