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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Sol-Payré, Domaine - Cotes du Roussillon (organic)

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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-Payré Trilogia 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Trilgia 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)
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%)


Domaine Sol-Payré Rivesaltes Grenat 2013
Sol-Payre Rivesaltes Grenat 2013
Domaine Sol-Payré Muscat de Rivesaltes
Region Rivesaltes, near Perpignan
Colour/Style Red vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
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%)


Domaine Sol-Payré Terre de Pierres Rivesaltes Hors d'Age
Sol-Payre Terre de Pierres
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)
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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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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