2013 Domaine des Soulanes Cotes Catalanes Kaya (750ml)

Carignan from Languedoc-Roussillon, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Domaine des Soulanes – not to be confused with the similar sounding Domaine la Soumade from Rasteau – is a new discovery for me, one of the glorious benchmark producers of the Roussillon brought to the States by importer extraordinaire Peter Weygandt. Run by Daniel Laffite – no family affiliation to my knowledge – Soulanes is a collection of parcels just outside the now-famous town of Tautavel – home to the remains of the Tautavel Man, whose 450,000 year-old bones were discovered in an ancient cave in this village in 1971. Planted to gently sloping foothills near the Pyrenees Orientales at the border with Spain, Daniel's centenarian plots of gnarled Carignan in the Mas de la Fredas site are utilized in the production of his Cotes Catalanes Kaya cuvee. Miniscule yields and a true hands-off approach to his winemaking style result in one of the most deeply colored, intensely floral, amazingly classic wines of its type that I've encountered – from anywhere. I've tasted Carignan of various vine age and vinification methods for decades, often disappointed, understanding of its standing in the world of Vitis Vinifera. But in the hands of Daniel Laffite – especially for 2013 – this is a magical wine. "Kaya" is the name, one you'll be glad you discovered.


Gorgeous, very old vine Carignan that is so expressive of what seems red/brown slate, which give a serious focus and length to the wine that is very impressive.

92 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Nov 2015)

The 2013 Côtes Catalanes Kaya is 100% Carignan that was raised all in concrete tank. It has the firm, edgy quality of the variety to go with classic violets, leather, ground herbs and sweet black raspberry and blackberry fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh, focused and with serious purity of fruit, drink this outstanding red anytime over the coming 5-6 years.

91 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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