Hervé Souhaut/Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet

Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was started by vigneron Hervé Souhaut in 1993 with just 5 hectares in Arlebosc, Ardèche, a little-known appellation about an hours’ drive West of Hermitage, Rhône. Employing organics and natural winemaking philosophies to all his wines since day one, Hervé is one of the most respected winemakers in France and his simple, elegant labels are easily recognized.

Hervé’s wines are from two appelations – mostly from their Domaine in Arlebosc, Ardèche, and in more recent years a small amount from a vineyard Hervé inherited from his wife’s family in Saint-Joseph, Rhône. Both are cool-climate, high-altitude expressions from granite-heavy soils. The fruit is hand harvested, using only whole bunches, and fermented long, cold and slow and matured on fine lees in aged oak barriques. These wines are always deeply aromatic, textural and expressive. All are bottled without fining or filtration.

Annual production: 5 ha / 2,000 cases

Arlebosc, Ardèche, France