Hervé Souhaut - 2020 La Souteronne Gamay

2020 La Souteronne Gamay

Northern Rhône, France

Gamay from the Northern Rhône? Perhaps this is the perfect antidote for those who are a bit washed out from all of the Beaujolais we have seen flood our shores in the last few years. Very earthy, full of oyster mushrooms, mace, poppy seed, pine. But the red fruit in it shines true, moody black cherries, goji berries, currant.

The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet began in 1993 by Hervé Souhaut. His holdings on the acidic granite soils of the northern Rhône and southern Ardèche hold vines that date pre-phylloxera — from 50 to100 years old. Hervé's holdings are so small, under nine hectares, yet all of them produce such commanding wines. He also produces wines under a Vin de Pays label, helping manage an additional twenty or so hectares. There is a perfume to his wines that is utterly intoxicating, they really are captivating cult wines.