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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 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.
 

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

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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.
 

Price:  £18.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Sol-Payré Six - Save 10%
Sol-Payré
A new sampler case, covering our latest range of wines from Domaine Sol-Payré in Roussillon. The wines in this selection normally retail separately for £85.01.  This 6-bottle case is offered at the special price of £76.50 (a saving of 10%) and comprises the following wines (all red);

2 x Cuvée Tradition 2011 - Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Ater Noir 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Vertigo 2009 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Trilogia 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Scelerata Âme Noir 2010 Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres
 

Price:  £76.50 (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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