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André Roméro is a most characterful and talented grower. He founded Domaine la Soumade in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996 on completion of his oenology studies. 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.
Whilst Frédéric has assumed responsibility for most of the day to day work on the domaine, André is still actively involved, that is when he is not following the fortunes of F.C. Barcelona!
Domaine la Soumade practices “agriculture raisonée” (sustainable winemaking) in all of their vineyards, only treating the vines where absolutely necessary.
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.
The Domaine la Soumade Rasteau is 80% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre from low yielding (38 hl per ha) vines varying in age from 10 – 30 years.
The grapes are harvested by hand 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 14 and 18 days with a temperature controlled fermentation.