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 Fenouilldes, 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).
The blend of this 2008 biodynamic wine is 38% Sauvignon, 35% Macabeu and 19% Vermentino (aka Rolle), with the balance made up of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and very small quantities of Marsanne, Roussanne, Malvoisie du Rousillon and even Chardonnay. If complexity is born of variety, this is complex indeed.
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.
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 and dispels any initial impressions of excess viscosity like a clear blue sky after morning mist. A very fine Soula.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
“Intense, fresh, quite pure fruit on the nose. The palate is textured yet fresh with tight mineral, spice and subtle flint notes. Real precision and intensity here. Potential for further development. 93/100.” – wineanorak.com
“Traditionally vinified, whole bunch pressing, cold settling and only natural yeasts are used. No enzymes. chaptalisation or acidification. The wine spends 18 months on its fine lees 55% in 500 litre new oak barrels and 45% in tank.” – Life after LafitePlease 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.