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Rasteau Cuvee Confiance Domaine de la Soumade 2015

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One Line Description Rasteau Cuvee Confiance Domaine de la Soumade, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, 50-100 year old vines, big, bold red wine for long ageing.
Production Method Conventional
Country France French
Region Southern Rhone, France
Producer Domaine de la Soumade
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Alcohol 14.5% abv
Maturation The wine is matured in cement tanks for one year before spending 6 months in a variety of oak: foudres, demi-muids and barriques.
Ageing Potential Drinking beautifully now and will keep for at least another eight years
Production Detail Conventional


Rasteau Cuvee Confiance Domaine de la Soumade, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, 50-100 year old vines, big, bold red wine for long ageing. This is a big bold wine of intense dark fruit and powerful brooding body. The Cuvee Confiance is 70% Grenache noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from very low yields (25-35 hectolitres per hectare) and old vines, some 100 years old. It undergoes a long maceration and fermentation and then an 18 month maturation on fine lees in 4000 litre wooden 'foudre'. The wine is big, bold and dark with notes of dense forest fruits, cedar and spices. Well worth a few bottles for winter drinking.

'The superstar of Rasteau is André Roméro who produces five Cuvées of drop-dead delicious red wine.' I don't often quote Robert Parker but I think he has good judgement on this one. When working for Majestic wines in my early days, I used to visit an excellent little independent wine shop at West Jesmond Station called Richard Granger. There I often bought a couple of bottles of Romero wine simply to taste something from the Rhone which tasted like real wine and being single and living alone I would happily see of a bottle with a steak and DVD, happy days! Since then, I have always had a special liking for these hearty reds, not always perfect and sometimes a touch too rich for me nowadays, there is nonetheless a lovely, warming chunkiness about them which is always very enjoyable, particularly on cold nights with some hearty food. At Soumard they practice agriculture “raisonée” in all of the vineyards, only treating the vines where absolutely necessary, in order to maximise the terroir (clay-limestone) characteristics of the wines and practise sustainable viticulture. They use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. When climatic conditions dictate they use organically permitted treatments (sulphur and copper) to protect the vines from mildew and oidium. Although not certified organic, their approach to viticulture is respectful of the land and the future sustainability of production and the environment.

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