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The Aromatic 2009 Domaine Romaneux-Destezet, Syrah, Ardeche


This was my first time drinking a wine from Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet.  Herve Souhaut founded Domaine Romaneux-Destezet in 1993.  Located within the Ardeche the domaine lies 30 km west of Tournon.  This area falls between the Northern and Southern Rhone.  A Vin de Pays (VdP)  de l’Ardeche comes from a  geographically smaller region than VdP Collines Rhodaniennes.   Over the years Herve purchased both plots of old vines (50-100 years old) and planted new vines.  Today the domaine is composed of 5 hectares.  Interacting as little as possible and employing traditional techniques, the grapes are macerated with stems, fermented using indigenous yeasts without temperature control, and matured in second-use oak casks.

2009 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet, Syrah, VdP Ardeche
Imported by Williams Corner Wines.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from a parcel of 30-year-old vines located on the slopes of the Doux river along with purchased grapes.  These soils area composed of acidic granite.  The color is a light to medium grapey purple.  The nose is very pure, fresh, floral, and grapey.  In the mouth the flavors are of light to medium weight with a little prickle on the tongue, tart, and with the red fruit driven by acidity.  There are red grapefruit flavors in the finish.  The light, sweet, grapey bits of flavor coat the lips in the aftertaste.  The pleasure in this wine is driven by the nose with aromas that jump out as soon as the bottle is uncorked.  Now-2015.

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