Domaine la Soumade | Rasteau

The house of Domaine la Soumade in Rasteau, Southern Rhône

André Roméro founded Domaine la Soumade in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996 on completion of his oenology studies, and then by his nephew Régis. 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.

All the grapes are hand picked at Domaine la Soumade and yields are particularly low for the region - around 40 hectolitres per hectare for his Côtes du Rhône, 35 hectolitres per hectare the Villages and much less for his super cuvées. The blends are mainly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre with the proportions varying a little with each vintage. Wines are 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 receive no filtration.