Herve Souhaut, Saint-Joseph 'Clos des Cessieux'


Saint-Joseph Clos des Cessieux comes from old vines Syrah, non-destemmed and matured on the lees in used barrels. It combines exotic perfumed fruit and spice with glorious purity, delightfully fresh, it is a reminder that this variety can possess real finesse.


The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Hervé Souhaut. His holdings on the acidic granite soils of the northern Rhône and the southern Ardèche are a mixture of new and ancient vines—from 50 to100 years old.

Hervé Souhaut’s holdings are minuscule, only five hectares and he employs only organic and biodynamic winemaking techniques. The Syrah grapes for his VDP cuvée come from a tiny parcel of land along the slopes of the Doux River and the vines are on average 40 years old.

At the end of September, the grapes are harvested and then undergo a very long maceration at a low temperature. The wine is then matured on the lees in second-hand oak casks for six months and then bottled without being filtered.