Domaine Michel Savel (Herve Souhaut), Les Marecos Blanc, 2016

$36.99

50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne from a small estate that Herve Souhaut oversees in the IGP Collines Rhodaniennes. Aromatic, floral and medium bodied with good acidity and lift to balance the fat of these Northern Rhone grapes.

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Domaine Michel Savel

Hervé Souhaut has been defying odds for 25 years now. He started his small domaine in the Northern Ardeche village of Arlebosc, a good 30 minute drive from the famous wine communes that hug the Rhone River, in 1993. Not only was he very much "off the beaten path" geographically, but from the beginning he chose to make his wines in a bright, fresh style without using any additions or "corrections".

Yes, Hervé Souhaut was making what is now called "natural wine" long before the fairs, hip wine bars and magazine spreads appeared. And though he was able to purchase some parcels in the more estabished St. Joseph and St. Epine appellations, the bulk of his production comes from the ancient Syrah and Gamay vines that surround his remote, fortified farm.

The odds did not seem in Hervé's favor, and yet it took less than 2 decades to become one of the most sought after and highly regarded natural wine producers in the world. His wines are now very hard to get a hold of as his production remains tiny but the demand is global.

So we were very pleased to learn of a new winery that Hervé is "working" for and with. The story, in a nutshell, goes like this: Michel Savel inherited some land very close to the Souhaut Domaine some years ago. He was a wine lover and history buff and knew that the land used to be planted to vines, so he replanted them with what may have been there before, Syrah, Merlot, Roussanne and Marsanne.

Then he "hired" his neighbor Hervé to farm the vineyards and make the wine. Hervé gets to keep a chunk of the production as payment and that is how his U.S. importer, Jenny & Francois are able to offer it to us.

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Northern Rhone

  • Grape Variety

    Marsanne , Roussanne

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Aromatic , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied