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Hervé Souhaut 'Clos des Cessieux' Saint Joseph
"Herve and his wife Beatrice converted the cellars of her parents' centuries-old hunting lodge into the winery and now draw on four parcels of vines totaling 8.5 acres in St.-Joseph, as well as 20 additional acres of Vin de Pays vineyards on the plateau, planted primarily to Gamay, Roussanne and Viognier. The AOC wines are labeled under Souhaut's name, while the Vin de Pays cuvées are named Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet, in homage to the name of her parents' estate combined with Béatrice's family name.
The domaine was created in 1993, growing steadily from there to total about 3,750 cases annually today - all sold quickly by reservation and they don't intend to grow much past that.
Recently a new wine came into play due to inheritance, a super parcel of red Saint-Joseph in the lieu-dit Les Ceyssieux is born. This joins the established and iconic Saint-Joseph Sainte Épine (from vines over 100 years old) and together they are the jewels in the crown at this estate. Both are wines 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. These are very rare indeed and repay careful cellaring handsomely." Andrew Guard - Importer
"Les Cessieux is a study of Hervé’s use of finesse in what would traditionally have made a powerful and brooding wine. The classic elements of Northern Rhone Syrah, dark red fruits and savory elements of bacon fat are present, but they are subtle in comparison with the floral aromas jumping out of the glass. Les Cessieux is Hervé’s most exuberant–one might say hedonistic–wines." Jenny & Francois - USA Importer
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