Les Cessieux 2016
A RARE NORTHERN RHONE READY TO DRINK NOW
Hervé's 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 famous wines of the Northern Rhone, that are made with much more extraction of tannin, designed to be practically undrinkable in youth and soften and open with time. 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.
Les Cessieux is sourced from a slope of 25-year-old vines that features a run of north to southeast exposure. It crackles with anise, blueberry and pomegranate fruit, laced with a high-pitched violet hint and finishing with high-toned acidity and a brisk mineral edge.
- Savoury and rustic
- Medium to full bodied
- Dark berries, herbs and black olives
- Superb purity and freshness
- Superfine texture
- No one should tell you what to eat with what wine, it is all down to personal preference, but if you'd like a steer on what this wine will taste particularly good with, we recommend:
REGION Northern Rhone
CULTURE Practicing Organic
ONE OF THE FINEST AREAS FOR WINE PRODUCTION ON THE PLANET
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 from St Joseph, winding through the hills. 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.
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