Hervé Souhaut owns vineyards of old and ancient vines—between 50 to 100 years-old—just opposite the storied hills of Hermitage in Saint Joseph, one of the finest areas for wine production on the planet; thanks in part to its elevation, ancient vineyard sites and the southeastern and southern exposures. The winery is underneath the 16th century “les romaneaux” fortified farm. Hervé works with entirely whole grape bunches and semi-carbonic maceration. His philosophy is to extract a delicate balance of tannins from the grapes, to make a wine with subtlety and finesse. This stands in contrast to many of the storied wines of the Northern Rhone, that are made with much more extraction of tannin, designed to be practically undrinkable in youth and soften and open with time. Hervé prefers to make a wine that is drinkable right away, but with such a fantastic level of purity and acidity, they have incredible potential to evolve into one of the most spectacular natural wines in existence!