Growing Syrah grapes was what made this vineyards reputation. In the 1970s Henri Miquel planted many new vines and rejuvenated old ones earning himself the title of “Mr Syrah”.
« Solas » is the Irish for ‘light’ and in Old French means ‘joy’, ‘pleasure’, ‘enjoyment’. Solas wines reflect the purity, balance and light handed approach that characterizes Laurent’s approach to winemaking.
Aged for 6 months in oak barrels (20%); comparatively light nose and soft palate, its toned down spice and pepper character gives more focus to the berried fruits.
About the Producer
Laurent Miquel is a family-run estate based at Château Cazal Viel in Saint Chinian, originally acquired in 1791, which had previously been farmed by the monks of the nearby Abbey of Fontcaude. They also have another property, Château Les Auzines in Corbières.
Their drive towards quality began in the 1970s. Henri Miquel planted
many new Syrah vines and rejuvenated old ones. Earning himself the title of “Mr Syrah” he delivered his first solo vintage in 1980. In 1996 Henri was joined by his son Laurent, the 8th generation winemaker, as the first plantings of the Viognier vines began to show great promise.
Their wines have been highly praised by Tim Atkin and Jancis Robinson being from “the most reliable and forward looking winery in the Languedoc”.