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The spirit of Soula lies with respect for the soil and what fills our glass. The key to our unique character is the terroir, but the commitment and energy of those involved in this enterprise is essential to putting that character into the bottle: Gérard Gauby discovered this unique terroir in the Fenouillèdes, unearthing its potential to make great wine. Richards Walford & Co. bring commercial expertise to the venture, helping develop the image of the wine. Gérald Standley and his team willingly invest their time and energy on a daily basis to produce excellent wine.

The Fenouillèdes is an ancient route to Spain, situated between Catalonia and the Languedoc. Historically, this region has been attached to the Languedoc. Thus, it has always been a frontier zone, acting like a border between two regions. The region reaches 1300 metres altitude. As you approach the plain, the climate is Mediterranean, and as you approach the Pyrenees, it becomes cooler, typical of a mountainous terrain. Viticulture has been established in the region for a long time, but it was confined to the warmest terroirs and the steepest slopes. The slopes were south-facing, in French known as adret and in Occitan, Soula or Soulane. One of the lieu-dit, where we have our oldest vines, is called Le Soula.

In 2001, Gérard Gauby revealed that he had discovered some vines high up in the Agly valley (he had, in fact, discovered some abandoned vines in the Fenouillèdes). He told Roy Richards and Mark Walford of his discovery, and they decided to commit to the venture. They bought an old building in Saint Martin de Fenouillet in the heart of the vineyards. This was transformed into Soula’s first cellars, and from the first vintage in 2001, the reputation of Soula began to be established. In 2008, it became evident that we had outgrown our facilities in Saint Martin de Fenouillet and, furthermore, the local water supply was no longer able to cope with the summer and harvest-time demand. As a result, the cellars and winery were moved to the old cooperative in Prugnanes. The winery was ecologically renovated (painting with lime, using natural insulation, etc.). At the same time, Gérald Standley joined the team at Soula, working alongside Gérard Gauby as co-gérant and overseeing the day-to-day running of the domaine.

In total our domaine has 22 hectares under vine. The majority of our vines are planted on a subsoil of granite, with a topsoil of decomposed granite. Some vines are planted on subsoil consisting of black schist and here the soil is much heavier in character. On average, the vines were planted in 1977, with our oldest vines dating back to 1919.

Since 2001, we have worked all our vines without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We respect the rhythms of nature, working within the lunar cycle. We allow the phases of the moon to influence when we apply treatments or carry out essential work in the vineyards.

Following biodynamic principles, we allow our vineyards to balance themselves and we plan to use our own, natural compost from our own composting station. We also work with the theory of bioélectronique; meaning we use a lot the information of natural equilibriums of the soil and of the plant : the acid-base equilibrium (pH) and the redox equilibrium (oxydo-reduction). The pH is an common consideration in conventional agriculture, but regrettably the redox is neglected by official research. It gives us good information of the vitality of our vineyards.

Le Soula Blanc 2011

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Appellation: Fenouillèdes region. Villages of Saint Martin de Fenouillet, Feilluns, Le Vivier. Terroirs: Soil of decomposed granites, between 400 m and 550 m high. Varieties: 45% Sauvignon, 15% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, Roussanne, 15% Macabeu, 5% Grenache Gris, 5% Malvoisie.

Yield: 20 hl/ha Production: 15,400 bottles Alcohol 14% Total acidity: 4,2 gH2SO4/l; pH 3,2 Viticulture: Traditional viticulture, with plowing. Bush vines (gobelet) and single spur pruning (guyot). Without the use of pesticide nor chemical fertilizer Hand harvested Vinification: Traditional vinification. Whole bunch pressing, cold settling. Natural yeasts, no enzyme, no chaptalization, no acidification. Aging: Raised in 30% new oak 500 liter-demi-muids and the rest in 500 liter demi-muids for 15 months on fine lees Bottling: No fining. Light filtration before bottling.

REVIEWS:
Le Soula Blanc 2008 WA 195

Le Soula Rouge 2011

Vin de pays des Côtes Catalanes Appellation: Fenouillèdes region. Villages of Saint Martin de Fenouillet, Feilluns, Le Vivier, Lesquerde. Terroirs: Soils of decomposed granite and schist between 350 m and 550 m high. Varieties: 45% Carignan, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah.

Yield: 17 hl/ha Production: 8,000 bottles Alcohol: 13% Total acidity: 3.32 gH2SO4/l; pH 3,59 Viticulture: Traditional viticulture, with plowing Bush vines (gobelet) and single spur pruning (guyot). Without the use of pesticide or chemical fertilizer. Hand harvested Vinification: Traditional vinification, with destalking. Natural yeasts, no enzyme, no chaptalization, no acidification. Maceration on skins for one to two months Aging: Raised for two thirds in wooden vats and for one third in new demi-muids for 14 months Bottling: No fining. Light filtration before bottling

REVIEWS:
Le Soula Rouge 2007 WA 183 June 2009
Le Soula Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes 2006 WS 2010

Trigone Vin de Pays Côtes Catalanes Blanc nº15

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Appellation: Fenouillèdes region. Villages of Saint Martin de Fenouillet, Saint Arnac, le Vivier and Feilluns. Terroir: Soils of decomposed granites between 400 m and 550 m high. Varieties: 75 % Macabeu, 15 % Vermentino, 5% Sauvignon, 5% Grenache blanc & gris, Malvoisie du Roussillon, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne.

Yield: 22 hl/ha Production: 11,307 bottles & 120 magnums Alcohol: 13 % Traditionnal and biodynamic viticulture with a minimum of ploughing; single spur pruning (guyot) and bush vines (gobelet). Use of sulfer, cupper, biodynamic preparations, 15 plants, essential oils, clay and talc. Hand harvested. Traditionnal vinification: whole bunch pressing. Natural yeasts with organic yeast food Blend of different vintages: 2013(45%), 2012(30%), 2011(24%), 2009(1%) Ageing: 65% in tank, 30% in old 500-liter demi-muids, 5% in foudre Bottling: Clarifying filtration before bottling, Trescase agglomerated cork

Trigone Vin de Pays Côtes Catalanes Rouge nº15

Vin de pays des Côtes Catalanes Appellation: Fenouillèdes region. Villages of Saint Martin de Fenouillet, Feilluns, Le Vivier, Lesquerde. Terroirs: Soils of decomposed granite and schist between 350 m and 550 m high. Varieties: 100% Syrah

Yield: 35 hl/ha Production: 8,500 bottles Alcohol: 13%; pH 3.6 Total acidity: 3 gH2SO4/l Viticulture: Traditional viticulture, with plowing Single spur pruning (guyot); without the use of pesticide nor chemical fertilizer; hand harvested. Traditional vinification, with destalking. Natural yeasts, no enzyme, no chaptalization, no acidification. Quick maceration. Aging: raised for 9 months in tank Bottling: No fining. Light filtration before bottling

REVIEWS:
Le Soula Trigone 2008 WS 2010

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