Raw Fair 2016

Raw Fair came and took over sunny London like a storm. Crossed few old and some new exciting heartthrobs. I still feel kind of social hangover.

Here’s something new I was introduced – Le Soula

http://www.le-soula.com

Le Soula is located in Roussillon region, in high altitude of Fenouilledes (Pyrenees). Their altitude is key delivering amazing purity of the wine. Le Soula Blanc is full of power and complexity. Ripe apricot and exotic spices come to my mind.

Le Soula

Le Soula was created by Gerard Gauby, Roy Richards and Mark Walford. Gerard is well known winemaker for reviving his heritate winery Domaine Gauby in Roussillon. Roy and Mark are wine entrepeneurs who created wine importing company in 82′ – Richards Walford & Co. Later on it was sold to Berry Bros & Rudd in 2012. So one way to purchase Le Soula wines is ofc through Berry!

Le Soula means ‘sunny site’ in Occitan language. Their first vintage was in 2001.

It was good to see some old favourites and try out their newcomers like Elisabetta Foradori, Peter Hahn (Clos de la Meslerie), Joan Cuisine (Pares Balta, Gratavinum), Recaredo.

It was great to taste Foradori’s Fuoripista Pinot Grigio for the first time. It was nice to confirm that there is possibility to create wine out variety which is usually diffused in Italy. Wine had 8 months with skin contact in amphoras.

Peter Hahn from Clos de la Meslerie introduced his 1st sparkling Vouvray.

Wine had depth, balancing freshness and that certain irrestistible sourdough scent. Will benefit from aging no doubt!

Le Clos de la Meslerie

Continued in French quater and found Domaine du Coulet by Matthieu Barret. Great stuff from France, Rhone Valley. Used to sell his Cornas and Cote du Rhone. Amazing, vibrant and lively Syrah’s! What got me really excited was their new white which we could call ”illegal white Cornas” Brise Cailloux.

Now we know that Cornas AOC can only be made from 100% Syrah. But this white beauty is coming from Cornas AOC area. According to the law the producer had to name it by wider generic appellation – Cote du Rhone. The wine is 50% Viognier, 50% Rousanne. It’s expressive, pronounced and mineral. Excatly the minerality and weight of the wine was stunning, because usually the combination of these two grapes never give minerally rich results. I guess the trick is in the soil (granite).

Domaine du Coulet – Cornas white beauty

Now what really made me speechless was Domaine Guirardel with their dry Manseng!

Domaine Guirardel is 5th generation wine producers on the foothill of Pyrenees. The sec Manseng is dry, insanely rich and expressive. I have to also mention it again – 0 sugars. I wouldn’d say its bonedry. A taste of that powerful Manseng kicked some memories in when I tryed the only wine from Tahiti for the first time in my life (Domaine Dominique Auroy). Some wines are just way too complex to try to define..

Many thanks to my dear friend Joan Cuisine. One of my favourite Spanish producers.

Amphora Gris

The label says it all…

Overall after fair we had some great ”afterparty” literally 1 min walk away from Old Trumans Brewery at Unfiltered -> Super Brick (by VinaLupa – Emily Harman). Great ending: biodynamic wines served only from magnums, motocycles, choppers, quality live dj music, warm London spring. One of the greatest soul fulfilling events in London this year!

Well done, Isabelle!

Some seconds …

And big thank you to my comrades,

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