Regarded by Matthew Jukes as one of the best Viognier producers, Laurent Miquel’s Solas is a well-balanced, food-friendly wine.
Grapes are night harvested with just a light filtration to enhance the fruit character. Solas reflects the purity, balance and light handed approach that characterises Laurent Miquel’s approach to wine-making
« Solas » is the Irish for ‘light’ and in Old French means ‘joy’, ‘pleasure’, ‘enjoyment’.
Well balanced with medium body. Aromas of stone fruits with hints of almond and honeysuckle and characteristic fruit flavours of apricot and peach.
This aromatic yet crisp Viognier is the perfect wine for dishes such as garlic prawns, baked crayfish or sushi.
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”.