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Le Soula

Gerard Standley, Le Soula, Rouge 2013

Le Soula is one of the south of France’s most exciting wineries. It’s a partnership between Gerard Gauby, famed winegrower of the Roussillon, and UK wine merchants Roy Richards and Mark Walford, based on old abandoned vineyards in the Fenouilledes, which Gauby discovered back in 2001. To go with the vineyards, the three bought an old building in Saint Martin de Fenouillet, which they converted into a cellar in time for the first vintage (2001). Biodynamic farming practices and minimal intervention ensure only natural yeasts are used in the winemaking process, free of enzymes, chaptalisation or acidification.

Gerard Standley is chief winemaker and assures the day to day running of Le Soula while Gerard Gauby continues to oversee the Domaine.

Fresh fruit notes (wild strawberry) mingle with notes of herbs. On the palate the wine is pure, lifted, bright, elegant, concentrated, and vivid. Acidity is still more palpable than tannin, yet this has a broader structure and slightly softer balance on the palate than previous vintages. Simply seductive!

“Fresh, bright and expressive with lovely taut cherry and berry fruit. Fresh with some mineral notes and good acidity. Youthful and expressive with nice purity and lovely freshness. 93/100.” –

“The wine is matured for 21 months, two thirds in 500 litre new oak barrels and one third in tank, there is no fining and just a light filtration prior to bottling.” – Life after Lafite

Please Note: Whilst this wine may not be certified Organic or Biodynamic by the relevant governing body, the producer follows the relevant practices. Some have no desire to seek certification or in some circumstances wish to reserve the right to intervene chemically as a last resort should it be deemed necessary.