2010 Le Soula, Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

2010 Le Soula, Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

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2010 Le Soula, Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

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Spanish gold in colour, or should that be Catalan gold. The wine has distinctive aromatics of honey, beeswax, quince, lanolin and even fine white Burgundy (that must be the 0.5 % of Chardonnay in the blend!).The palate is fresh with nutty notes added to the orchard fruit and the flinty foundations; the famously fresh agrume finish ties it up seamlessly.

Deep in the rugged Côtes Catalanes of Roussillon, the village of St Martin de Fenouillet is home to this outstanding winery, created a decade ago by local legend Gerald Gauby and farmed on organic principles.
A healthy cocktail of altitude and old vines underwrite quality here. The blend is complex and the yields are exceptionally low (15 hl/hectare). Traditional vinification is completed by 18 month ageing on fine lees in 500 litre barrels, half of which are new.
Simon Field MW - Wine Buyer
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MacQuitty
MacQuitty
Le Soula produces some of the greatest red and white wines in Roussillon. The first vintage was made here in 2001 and ever since I have been bowled over by the quality of its organic and now biodynamically tended vines. This white is mostly maccabeu grape but spiced up with a good dollop of sauvignon and grenache blanc, plus a dash each of chardonnay, malvoisie and vermentino. Enjoy this heavenly, racy, nutty, complex, honeyed, intensely flavoured white now or tuck it away for a decade or more. 
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About this WINE

Le Soula

Le Soula

Le Soula produces wines of remarkable quality at high altitude in the Fenouillèdes region of the Roussillon, in the foothills of the Pyrénées, up above the Agly valley.

Le Soula’s wines combine freshness and vitality, a characteristic which stems from the soil and the climate. The soil is granitic and poor. The climate is hard and extreme, combining the heat of the Southern sun with the cold and rain of the mountains at a height of between 350 and 600 metres, and the effects of the Tramontane wind.

There are 53 hectares of which 23 are planted with vines in small widely spread parcels with different expositions to the sun.

Gérard Gauby, the Roussillon's most highly respected vigneron, had become aware of the potential of vineyards at higher altitude to produce wines with real finesse. In 2001 he formed a partnership with his English wine importers, Roy Richards and Mark Walford, to create a new estate. In 2008, they were joined by Gérald Standley who now runs the vineyard and has become a partner in the enterprise.

Since the outset, the vineyards have been managed organically and they are now worked biodynamically. Being completely organic the vineyards are a haven for flora and fauna. Wild boar emerge from the forests to turn over the soils in search of grubs and herbs, which are to be found in abundance.

The vineyard is principally composed of very old vines with some planted more recently. The red grape varieties are Carignan, Syrah and Grenache noir . The white wines are blended from a cocktail of Macabeu, Sauvignon blanc, Grenache blanc and gris, Vermentino, Marsanne, Roussanne, Malvoisie du Roussillon and Chardonnay.  Le Soula is to be found in a great many of the world's leading restaurants in many different countries

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VDP des Cotes Catalanes

VDP des Cotes Catalanes

As its name suggests VDP des Côtes Catalanes is one of the most Westerly of the zonal Vin  De Pays within the Vin De Pays D'Oc region. Located within the Pyrénees Orientales, this is one of the few designations that has forged a reputation in its own right. The wines tend to be dominated by Grenache and to be rich and ruddy of complexion.   

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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