REGION Ardeche, France
Fresh - Black Pepper - Dark Fruits
This Syrah is fresh with hints of cracked peppercorns and violet flowers, layered with black fruits and complexity from fermentation and ageing in old barrels.
It's a neat balancing act and an absolute must for these cold autumn and winter nights.
Hervé is known for his powerful, yet elegant St Joseph wines from his plots in the Northern Rhône, but he also makes some fantastic, approachable Vin de France Syrah from his other holdings near Arlebosc in the Ardèche - this is where some smart value is to be found. Not quite reaching the heavy-hitting 14+ degrees of alcohol that some of the wines from that feted terroir can.
Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Hervé & Béatrice Souhaut. Their holdings on the northern Rhône and the southern Ardèche are a mixture of new and ancient vines—from 40 to 100 years old. Hervé Souhaut’s holdings are minuscule, only five hectares and he employs only organic and biodynamic winemaking techniques.
CHEESE & FOOD PAIRING
Try this with Keens Cheddar