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Domaine Sol-Payré
Domaine Sol-Payré

Domaine Sol-Payré was created by Gustave Payré in 1913 and celebrates its 100th anniversary 2013. The wines are now made by Gustave's grandson, Jean-Claude Sol and his wife Pascale. Previously based in the centre of the old town of Elne, south-east of Perpignan, the family moved a few years ago to a fine new house and purpose-built winery set in the heart of the vineyards, just a couple of kilometres away. Many of the vines here date back to when the domaine was created, and yields range from just 40 hl/ha down to as little as 32 hl/ha. The wines of Sol-Payré are deservedly very highly rated in the Guide Hachette, the French wine-buyer's "bible".

The red wines are made from from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, with different percentages used for the different cuvées. Andsince the Roussillon region enjoys such a wonderful climate, with more hours of sunshine per annum than anywhere else in France, fruit is definitely the dominant force in these superb wines! Although the Côtes du Roussillon appellation does not have quite the same reputation and kudos as Côtes du Roussillon Villages, the wines deserve to be better known, for they have a style quite unlike the wines of anywhere else in France. They have now been a very important mainstay of our list for a good number of years, and never fail to impress. Try some, and you will see what we mean.

Domaine Sol-Payre Albae 2014 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payre Albae 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - medium/full bodied
Grapes Grenache Gris and Blanc, Macabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food As an apéritif, or with white meats, fish, seafood
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, or keep for 2 to 3 years
A lovely nose of peach, citrus and spiced apple pie, with hints of garrigue herbs and spring flowers. The palate is delightfully fresh and crammed full of ripe white fruits, tangy/zesty citrus and again, apple pie with a hint of spicy cinnamon and clove. Not a hint of heat, or even warmth - the texture is lean and tightly-wound, with excellent acidity and a touch of stony minerality. Long too. What a lovely wine, ideal for sipping on the patio, or to be paired with myriad fish and seafood dishes, chicken or hors d'oeuvres. A cracking example of the classic Roussillon white blend.
 

Price:  £11.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payre Sacré Numéro 2013 Côtes du Roussillon
Sol-Payre Sacre Numero 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes 1/3 each of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Roast beef or lamb, roast vegetable dishes, cheese, pasta
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, or keep for up to 5 years
For those familiar with the wines of Domaine Sol-Payré, this is what used to be known as their "Tradition" cuvée. It isn't pretending to be a "special" wine - it just does everything that you expect of a really good, honest, hearty, well-made Côtes du Roussillon red. Aged for 12 months in stainless steel vats, so no oak to get in the way of all of that wonderfully heady, ripe, tangy spice and herb-tinged bramble and cherry fruit! Though certainly not lacking in structure, this really is a joy to drink from the moment the cork is popped, with masses of ripe fruit flavours, combined with gently grippy tannins and mouth-watering acidity. The result is a simply delicious and life-affirming wine, which transports you instantly to a warm summer's evening in the south of France.

 

Price:  £9.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payre Ivresse de Sens 2012 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payre Ivresse de Sens 2012
Vintage
2005

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barrels for 1 year.
Grapes 50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 30% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Roast beef or lamb, roast vegetable dishes, cheese, pasta
Next day
Better still
Drink Superb now, or keep for a further 3 to 5 years
Not for nothing have we been importing from Domaine Sol-Payré for so long - and this is a brilliant example of why. It is essentially an oak-aged version of Sacré Numéro (see above) and is gently savoury - though more in a herby than meaty way - and spicy, with masses of black cherry and bramble fruit aromas and flavours and a very subtle oak influence, with ample acidity and firmness of structure. Another, long, luscious, and completely delicious wine, which is very approachable now, though with the stuffing to age and evolve for a few years. 
 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payre Ater Noir 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Ater 2008
Vintage
2008
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 5 to 8 years
Deep, translucent blood red core, leading to a narrow ruby rim. The rich bramble, dark cherry and plum aromas typical of this cuvée are all present and correct, with subtle cedar, leather, tobacco and forest floor notes, along with some enticing violet, redcurrant and savoury elements lurking in the background. An abundance of rich, super-ripe, tangy red and black fruit flavours and all of those savoury and floral elements combine with robust tannins and ample acidity, in a wine of considerable concentration, with a long and spicy finish. Already good to drink now (with the right food) it shows even better on the second day, which marks it out as a wine that will age and improve nicely over the next 5 to 8 years, perhaps more.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payré Vertigo 2009 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Vertigo 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied.
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 5 to 8 years
Deep blood red colour, with a narrow ruby rim. An immensely appealing nose of summer pudding - bready, with oodles of raspberry, red cherry and stewed plums, gently spicy, with a subtle herby notes. Despite seeing no oak, there are also some enticing polished mahogany and orange peel notes. It is wonderfully expressive in the mouth, with an abundance of sweet and sour summer fruit flavours, grippy but fine tannins and a delicious backbone of acidity. Whilst really lovely to drink now, I can see this gaining much more complexity over the next few years. Indeed, this is borne out by the fact that it fills out even more over 2 or 3 days, taking on a rich, baked fruit quality, with hints of savoury and warm spices. So enjoy it now, for all of that wonderfully fresh fruit, or let it age and evolve and take on secondary flavours. Either way, you are onto a winner!
 

Price:  £13.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payré Trilogia 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Trilgia 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes Grenache, Syrah and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 10+ years
A blend of 3 grape varieties, from 3 different soil types, all at 300-plus metres altitude in the north of the region, around the Aigly Valley and the Fenouillèdes - Grenache on schiste, Syrah on gneiss and Carignan on granite. Another wine with an immediately appealing and expressive nose. Blueberries, plums and black cherries steeped in eau de vie spring to mind, with subtle hints of violets and herbs, polished leather and brioche. Rich, ripe and packed full of juicy red and black fruits, this really is a deliciously fresh, vibrant, chunky, mouth-filling wine. It would be wrong to call it a glugger, because it is a serious wine, with genuine structure, but it slips down so readily, even before food is introduced into the equation. The sweet-sour fruit flavours are shot through with all manner of herb and spice nuances, with a rich, bread/pastry quality countered by beautifully ripe tannins and orange-tinged acidity. Even after a couple of days, it continues to change and just get better. Wines from this estate almost invariably have the dual attraction of extreme drinkability in youth and excellent age-worthiness, and this is a classic example. For it has all of the vibrancy you could wish for in a wine so young, yet undoubtedly has the stuffing to age and evolve for a good 5 to 10 years or more.
 

Price:  £18.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payré Scelerata Âme Noir 2010 Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres
Domaine Sol-Payré Scelerata 2010
Vintage
2010
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 25% each of Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will improve for another 10+ years
Rich bramble and plum aromas, with notes of forest floor/damp earth, cigar box, spices and herbs, with a cloak of roasted, coffee-infused oak. Initially quite showy and rich, but with excellent tannin/acid balance. The oak quickly subsides and integrates on the palate, to reveal a lovely wine, full of southern charm, with rich, concentrated fruit flavours - not overtly sweet, but rich, figgy, chocolatey, yet imbued with a freshness and vitality redolent of red fruits (raspberry, redcurrant, even strawberry). It needs a year or two in bottle to fully integrate, but as the estate's flagship wine, it already shows signs of getting into its stride. Long, warming, fresh, beautifully balanced and considerably complex.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payré Rivesaltes Grenat 2013
Sol-Payre Rivesaltes Grenat 2013
Vintage
2013
Domaine Sol-Payré Muscat de Rivesaltes
Region Rivesaltes, near Perpignan
Colour/Style Red vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.5%
Food Duck with tangy sauce, cheese, rich cakes, chocolate
Next day
Improves for days (even weeks), once opened
Drink Anytime over the next 10+ years
100% old vine Grenache, harvested at the peak of maturity, with yields of just 20hl/ha. The grapes are given a long maceration, followed by "mutage sur grains" (the addition of a small amount of grape brandy to the must) which stops the fermentation, thus retaining both intense fruit flavours and a certain amount of residual grape sugar. The nose simply brims with rich, ripe bramble and cassis fruit, with all manner of herb and spice notes, balsam, damp earth and fine eau de vie. The palate is even more fruit-filled and rich, with the fresh red/black fruits augmented by hints of fig, prune and soused black cherry, with fine, relatively soft tannins and ample acidity. The result is a tangy, sweet-sour style of wine which is dangerously drinkable. And whilst utterly lovely on its own, it will go equally well with savoury dishes such as duck with a rich red wine jus, foie gras or assorted cheeses, as well as rich fruitcakes and - yes - chocolate. In fact, it provided a fantastic foil for my home-made chocolate tart, with a side serving of freshly-scrumped Languedoc cherries!
 

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payré Terre de Pierres Rivesaltes Hors d'Age
Sol-Payre Terre de Pierres
Vintage
N/V
Domaine Sol-Payré Muscat de Rivesaltes
Region Rivesaltes, near Perpignan
Colour/Style Red/amber, vin doux naturel, aged 3+ years in barrel
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.5%
Food Soft cheeses, rich cakes and puddings or on its own
Next day
Improves for weeks, once opened
Drink Anytime over the next 20+ years
100% Grenache, aged for a minimum of 3 years in old oak barrels, outside on a terrace, at the mercy of the seasons. A mix of vintages, but with the majority based on the 2003 vintage. Beautiful on the eye, it has all the colours of the sunset - amber/gold/mahogany, with carmine glints. The nose offers a riot of fruit and non-fruit aromas - dried orange, fig, toffee, roasted coffee grounds, curry spices and damp earth - all of which carry through to the palate, with wave upon wave of sweet/tangy citrus and rich burnt toffee and fruitcake flavours, laced with herbs and spices and all manner of secondary flavours, culminating in a long, cool, minty finish. If vintage Maury or Banyuls is the equivalent of vintage Port, this is sort of halfway between that and Madeira - only a lot cheaper. This note is actually based on a newly-opened bottle, although I can confirm - from a previous bottle enjoyed over 2-3 weeks - that it just gets more and more intense, the longer you leave it open. A simply wonderful, hedonistic, rich, tangy, sweet-sour wine, to drink with soft/tangy cheeses, rich puddings, cheesecakes, sweet fruit tarts, after dinner, or simply on its own. Marvellous stuff!
 

Price:  £21.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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