Thursday, January 6, 2011
Domaine Des Soulié
It's three days after my last day at work, so what do I do? I drive out to Chapel Hill and visit 3Cups, that's what. And find the 2009 Domaine Des Soulié Cuvée Rémy there on the shelf for $8.99. This has to be one of the all-time great wine values. It is aromatic and fruity, in the appropriate Southern way, with enough acidity to provide a bit of firmness. It is absolutely delightful to drink. It is also a somewhat unusual blend: 80% cinsault, 20% syrah, which explains its rather obscure appellation: Even though the Domaine is within the geographic bounds of Saint Chinian, the preponderance of cinsault excludes it from AOC status, which requires that grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre must combine to total at least 60% of the blend. Thus, the label reads "Vin de pays des Monts de la Grage." If this seems confusing and a little nutty to you, you're not alone.
For your amusement, here's a short video of the winemaker (a little bit in English: he's with a group of Norwegians who are on a trip organized by Spaniards.) He seems like a happy guy.