Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) Les Marécos Blanc
Regular price $16.00
Winemaker: Hervé Souhaut
Appellation: Ardeche, Northern Rhone, France
Grape Varieties: Marsanne, Rousanne
Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The juice ferments in 228-liter 3-year-old barrels for 6-7 weeks with indigenous yeast only. The wine rests in barrel for 8 months of elevage, and is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with a small addition of sulfur.
Hervé Souhaut created Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet in 1993. Hervé works 5-hectares of old and ancient vines—between 50 to 100 years old. He is very fortunate to own two vineyards in the Rhône Valley just opposite the storied hills of Hermitage in Saint Joseph. This region is widely recognized as being one of the finest areas for wine production on the planet; thanks in part to its elevation, ancient vineyard sites and the southeastern and southern exposures. The domaine is located further into the hills of the Northern Ardeche in the tiny town of Arlebosc, about a 30-minute drive, winding through the hills from St Joseph. The winery is underneath the 16th century “les romaneaux” fortified farm and sits in the middle of the vines that make up the Souteronne, Syrah, and white cuvées.
Hervé works entirely on whole grape bunches and semi-carbonic maceration. His philosophy is to extract a delicate balance of tannins from the grapes, to make a wine with subtlety and finesse. This stands in contrast to many of the storied wines of the Northern Rhone that are made with much more extraction of tannin, where they are designed to be practically undrinkable in their youth, as time is needed for them soften and open up. Hervé prefers to make a wine that is drinkable right away, but we must say his wines have such a fantastic level of purity and acidity, that the older bottles we have tasted have incredible potential to evolve into what we find to be one of the most spectacular natural wines in existence.
Starting in 2015, Hervé started a new side project called Les Marécos, which we are proud to also represent. Hervé’s neighbor Michel Savel, a lover of wine, decided to replant some of his hillsides vine to what they were a long time ago. He entrusted the management of the vines, and the vinification of the wines to Hervé.