2012 Le Soula Rouge, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

Le Soula sits at 660m up in the eastern Pyrenées, which its makers refer to as ‘terroir d’altitude’. Talented winemaker Gérard Gauby sought this cooler climate up in the foothills for its freshness, and since 2001 has been producing some captivating, long-lived, and characterful wines from this unique outpost. This blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache is sappy, juicy and well balanced, with notes of tapenade and leather. Decant before serving to let it open up.

Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£24.28
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£145.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, Vin de Pays d'Oc - Languedoc-Roussillon, Vins de Pays, France
  • Grape
    73% Carignan/Cariñena/Mazuelo (vine age: 82 Years)
    17% Shiraz/Syrah (vine age: 25 Years)
    10% Grenache/Garnacha (vine age: 77 Years)
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12.5%
2012 Le Soula Rouge, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Gauby

The first vintage of Le Soula wasn’t produced until 2001, but it’s fast become a star of the Roussillon, winning praise from critics like Jancis Robinson. It’s a project that was started by Gérard Gauby, the region’s most renowned winemaker, supported by English investors, Mark Walford and Roy Richards. The Roussillon’s long been known for cheap and cheerful drinking wines, but Gérard knew it was capable of more. So he sought out neglected vineyards high in the Pyrenean foothills, to work old, low-yielding vines biodynamically. Winemaker Wendy Paillé’s field blends age magnificently, and are the best ambassadors we can imagine for the region.

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