Le Soula Blanc, VDP Cotes Catalanes, 2011, France – By the Glass
This is one of my favourite white wines in the world. I remember tasting this wine and thinking how unbelievable it is! This is a Grand Cru of the South of France that deserves to be in the top 100 wines of the world. Then again, maybe not.. It would make it unaccessible.
Appellation: Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
Producer: Le Soula
Grape varieties: Macabeu, Sauvignon blanc, Grenache blanc and gris, Vermentino, Marsanne, Roussanne, Malvoisie du Roussillon and Chardonnay
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. 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.