Purity in the Northern Rhône
2016 Souhaut St. Joseph Cessieux

Posted by Joe Salamone

Cessieux has quickly become one of my favorite Souhaut bottlings.

It's a great site, just below the vineyards that were owned by Raymond Trollat, one of the Rhône's great and now retired traditionalists. The vineyard has been in Souhaut's family for many years, but was leased out until recently. 2013 was the first vintage.

For many years, Souhaut's wines have been an important part of my drinking rotation. I've called the wines habit-forming, and I can't think of a better way to describe them.

Simply put, the wines are delicious. They have a lovely immediacy and capture the perfume and savory complexity of Syrah.

The 2016 Cessieux possesses so much about this bottling that I love. The vintage is snappy, vibrant and incredibly expressive. There are suave herbal and olive-tinged dark fruits that are carried by a cool, stony mineral spine. I'm very fond of the high-toned aromatics where violets, game and spice intermingle.

Souhaut is a small domaine that enjoys a fair amount of celebrity. I make it a point to search out the wines in quantity, which is no easy task. Finding enough wine for an offer takes a good amount of leg work.

This is the sort of offer that I could only sneak in on a summer Saturday. Still, I expect it to disappear quickly. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits