Rasteau, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro 2021


75cl ALC 14.5%

Ripe, well-balanced with a seamless nose of red and blue fruits. The palate offers attractive raspberry and blackberry fruit becoming more savoury and spicier towards the lifted finish

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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône

Still Red

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, Mourvèdre


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Domaine La Soumade - F Romero

Domaine Soumade was founded in 1979 by André Romero and by 1990 he had achieved his initial aim of selling everything he produced in bottle. His son Frédéric joined him in 1996 after finishing his oenology studies and 2002 saw two important developments, firstly with the completion of a new winery and secondly with Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt being engaged.

The Romeros credit him with achieving better finesse and purity in their wines together with a better expression of their terroir. Today the estate comprises 26 hectares in Rasteau with one in Gigondas with Grenache being the predominant grape variety and many of the vines between 50 and 100 years of age and consequently yields can be under 20hl/ha.. Soils are mainly clay and limestone with an outcrop of blue clay in Rasteau producing their top wine. Lutte raisonnée is practised so the vines are only treated when absolutely with harvesting by hand. Winemaking is traditional and the amount of oak ageing has been reduced in recent years with 40 hl foudres from Austrian barrel maker Stockinger preferred. André is now in semi retirement but he still takes time out to keep an eye on things!

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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