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2019 Domaine La Soumade Rasteaus: In bond & ready to enjoy

We have been aware of André Roméro's Rasteau reds from Domaine La Soumade for a while, but only first offered the 2020s en primeur late last year.  The wines are remarkable for their savoury character and elegance, in a region which can produce wines with hot or confected fruit. 

The 2020s are due later in the year, but in the meantime, we have secured a parcel of their 2019s, in bottle and in bond, ready to enjoy over the autumn and for many years ahead.

Soumade's various cuvées express their terroirs beautifully.  Enjoyable when young, the wines can also be forgotten about in the back of your cellar for a decade or two, then delight you with their rich secondary fruit and developed aromas (we have recently been enjoying some bin-ends of the 2007 domaine wine...stupendous, but all gone, before you ask!).  All this, with prices starting at just £115 per dozen in bond (equivalent to £14.18 per bottle with all taxes) when you order 2+ cases.

Read more about the domaine below, or simply e-mail us by return if you would like to order.

Offered in bond, available September 2022


Domaine La Soumade

Producer Profile

Domaine La Soumade

Domaine La Soumade is in Rasteau, in the Southern Rhône, neighbouring Gigondas and Vacqueyras.  André Roméro founded the domaine in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996.  Today the estate covers 26 hectares, including a new plot of 2.5 hectares of the finest land in Rasteau – pure ‘Argile bleue’ with 60-year-old vines.

The yields at Soumade are low – around 35 hl/ha for the Villages and much less for his super cuvées. All the grapes are picked exclusively by hand.  The blends are mainly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the proportions varying a little with each vintage. The grapes receive a cold maceration of around 4 days followed by a cuvaison of some 20 to 30 days depending on the cuvée at a temperature of 32°, coupled with a system of Burgundian pigeage inspired by Clos des Lambrays in Morey-Saint-Denis.

The wine is then matured in cement tanks for one year before spending 6 months in a variety of oak: foudres, demi-muids and barriques. The wines are fined with egg whites but are bottled without filtration.  Consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt (who also works with august names like Domaine de Chevalier, Smith Haut Lafitte and La Carmes Haut-Brion) worked with Romero to develop a gentler, more finely-tuned approach to vinification, to capture the unique terroirs here and to express greater finesse and purity. 

RED 2019 10 cases Domaine La Soumade - Rasteau 75cl £125 per case of 12 Domaine La Soumade
2019 / 10 cases / 75cl
£125 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Flavors of preserved plums and black-cherry compote are accented by hints of cocoa powder, char and salty minerality here. Sourced from younger vines (10-30 years old) of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and vinified entirely in stainless steel, it offers a similar intensity of fruit and savory nuances as prestige bottlings from this producer, but with a bit more ease for youthful enjoyment. Ready now but likely to improve through 2027 at least. 92 points." Wine Enthusiast Magazine Nov 2021
RED 2019 5 cases Domaine La Soumade - Rasteau Cuvée Confiance 75cl £180 per case of 12 Domaine La Soumade
Rasteau Cuvée Confiance
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£180 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Power and elegance go hand-in-hand in this robust blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Its black plum and cassis flavors are intensely ripe, roasted even, in fruit concentration, but there's a freshness of struck flint and salt that adds lift to the mid palate. Soft in tannin, it's welcoming already but penetrating enough to continue improving through 2030 at least. 93 points." Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Nov 2021
RED 2019 10 cases Domaine La Soumade - Rasteau Cuvée Prestige 75cl £150 per case of 12 Domaine La Soumade
Rasteau Cuvée Prestige
2019 / 10 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Sun-kissed but zesty blackberry and boysenberry flavors are etched by veins of salt, crushed granite and peppercorn in this full-bodied blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Matured in equal parts stainless steel and large-format barrels, it's pristine in black-fruit flavors and briskly balanced in acidity. Edged by very fine, peppery tannins, it's vibrantly youthful now but should improve through 2029. 93 points." Wine Enthusiast Magazine Nov 2021

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