Hervé & Beatrice Souhaut

Northern Rhone, France | website

Hervé, a former chemist and a protege of natural wine icons Marcel Lapierre and Philippe Pacalet, created Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet in 1993 with his wife Beatrice, from her family’s old vineyards which has previously been leased out. With an eye towards crafting pure, focused expressions of northern Rhone terroir, together they now produce barely 4000 cases annually from these tiny holdings, which include ancient vines 50-100 years old, as well as new plantings from massale selections. They farm on granitic schist soils directly opposite the Hermitage hills, using organic and biodynamic techniques, then vinify as naturally as possible, with minimal intervention, using only whole clusters, semi-carbonic maceration, very little oak and very little added sulphur. 

His philosophy is to extract a delicate balance of tannins, to make a wine with subtlety and finesse. This style stands in contrast to many of the storied wines of the Northern Rhone, that are often much more extracted and tannic, practically undrinkable in youth, demanding years of bottle age to soften and open. Hervé prefers to make wines that are drinkable immediately, and yet they still have incredible potential to evolve with time into some of the most spectacular natural wines in existence. Purity and delicacy are hallmarks across the range, from the mineral mountain Gamay and the pretty Ardèche Syrah to the more intense Saint-Josephs and the Romaneaux-Destezet blend of Roussanne and Viognier which sees extended maceration on the skins. We are thrilled to be offering these distinctive, expressive wines in Ontario for the first time!

Souhaut wines available for private order!


2014 Gamay ‘La Souteronne’

-60-80 year old vines, grown at 400m+ elevation

2014 Syrah

-3-40 year old vines

2014 Saint Joseph ‘Sainte Epine’

-100+ year old terraced vines, fewer than 400 bottles produced

2014 Blanc ‘Romaneaux-Destezet’

-Barrel fermented Roussanne and Viognier with extended skin contact