Domaine la Soumade Rasteau 'Cuvee Prestige' Cotes du Rhone Cru 2011
By International Wine Report
DOMAINE LA SOUMADE Rasteau 'Cuvée Prestige' 2011
Report Date: December 2013
Drinking Window: 2014-2025
Producer: Domaine la Soumade
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2011 Domaine la Soumade Rasteau ‘Cuvée Prestige’ displays an Opaque, deep purple complexion with lavish aromas of fresh blackberry, dark cherries and even hints of blue fruit are layered with damp earth, lavender and black pepper. The rich, layered texture is velvety and deeply concentrated, showing gorgeous finesse and structure. Finishes up long, with a chalky minerals adding to the dark berry, ripe cherry and peppery character. This is composed of 70% Grenache; 20% Syrah; 10% Mourvèdre from vines ranging 30 to 50 years in age. Outstanding wine from André & Frédéric Romero. (Best 2014-2025) - December, 2013 (JD)
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Domaine la Soumade Rasteau Cuvee Prestige
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Rasteau, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Source: eRobertParker.com #210Dec 2013
Reviewer: Jeb Dunnuck
Maturity: Drink: 2014-2019
Beautifully layered and textured, the 2011 Rasteau Cuvee Prestige is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that was aged half in larger barrels and half in concrete tank. Loaded with ripe black and blue fruits, crushed stone, violets and spice, this beauty hits the palate with loads of fruit, a stacked mid-palate and ripe, yet savory tannin. Fleshing out beautifully on the finish, it should be given another year in bottle and enjoyed it through 2019. Drink 2014-2019. One of the top producers in Rasteau, Domaine la Soumade is run by the father son pair of Andre and Frederic Romeo. Importer: Serge Dore Selections, Chappaqua, NY; tel. (914) 861-9206
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 Domaine La Soumade Rasteau Cuvee Prestige
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Apr 14
Opaque ruby. Showing more floral character than the Confiance, with scents of lavender, candied rose, black raspberry and cola. Supple and sweet on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering vibrant dark berry and floral pastille flavors plus a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and broad, with resonating florality and excellent persistence. 91 Points
By Serge Dore Selections
Domaine La Soumade Rasteau Cuvee Prestige 2011
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Cuvée Prestige is a remarkable wine from Domaine La Soumade. It has all the classic strength typical of Rasteau wines, and an added smoothness rich with sensory delight, thanks to the dedicated work of André Roméro and his son Frédéric, and the partnership forged with consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt (who has shaped some of Bordeaux’s top wines and is recognized as one of the best winemakers in the world). The 30 to 50 year old vines, mostly Grenache (along with some 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre) are ideally located on southern-facing vineyards on the outskirts of the Ventabren alpine terrace whose soils here reveal rich reserves of yellow clay on the surface and blue clay underneath. This clay has a significant proportion of limestone, and the Grenache vine thrives in it, finding great expression of terroir. The Syrah and Mourvèdre perform very well too, and are a perfect complement to the Grenache. In the final wine, we discover this expression as lively aromas of black fruits and southern Rhone spices (garrigue) layered in a powerful structure and enveloped by silky-smooth tannins. The wine is aged just 30% in barrels to further smooth tannins and allow the wine to breathe, and the rest is aged in vats so as to not shadow the wine behind wood and allow the fruit to really come into its own. Founded by André Roméro in 1979, Domaine La Soumade has since grown to include his son Frédéric in 1996, a new modern winery in 2002, and that same year, a partnership with renowned consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt. The estate covers 64 acres in Rasteau (a Southern Rhône Cru) and 3 acres in Gigondas. Agriculture raisonnée is practiced in all the vineyards, only treating vines where absolutely necessary, in order to maximize the terroir (clay-limestone) characteristics. They use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. The grapes for Cuvée Prestige are harvested by hand, with the best ones selected on a sorting table in the vineyard.
Philippe Cambie on Rasteau
In the 18th century, Rasteau was one of the most important vineyards of Vaucluse, known for its “vins doux naturels,” for this was the land of Grenache, which on this terroir allows red wines of a crunchy red fruit variety, along with black cherry, juicy plum, and wild blackberry jam. Rasteau was elevated to the status of Cru of the Southern Rhone in 2009, gaining recognition for the consistent quality of its wines. The terroir lies around the Ventabren “mountain”, a former alpine terrace alluvium composed of a matrix of red clay, rich in pebbles of quartz and gray limestone. The red, white and blue clay reserves and the southern exposure of the vineyard enable broad range of excellent wines, with beautiful expression of Grenache, whether it comes from the “plains” or from the 1000ft “peak.” Mourvedre and Syrah also express themselves extremely well here. Wines from Rasteau can both be enjoyed young and will age exceptionally well. They pair well with all red meats and grilled whites.
Imported by Serge Dore Selections
Domaine de la Soumade Rasteau "Cuvée Prestige"
We practice agriculture “raisonée” in all of vineyards, only treating our vines where absolutely necessary, in order to maximize the terroir (clay-limestone) characteristics of our wines. We use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. When climatic conditions dictate we use organically permitted treatments (sulphur and copper) to protect the vines from mildew and oidium. The grapes are harvested by hand and with the best grapes selected on a sorting table in the vineyard.
Traditional winemaking with punching down of the skin cap and a regular pumping over of juice in open stainless steel tanks. Maceration of the skins lasts between 18 and 25 days.
Between 25 and 30°C. 18-month maturation of wine on fine lees: 50% in 4000 litres wooden barrels (“foudres”) and 50% in concrete, then a light filtration.
Grape Varieties: 70% Grenache; 20% Syrah; 10% Mourvèdre.
Yield: 35 hectolitres per hectare.
Age of Vines: 30 to 50 years.
Ideal Serving Temperature: 16°C.
Winemaking Consultant: Stéphane Derenoncourt.