This is an extraordinary orange wine from a stellar biodynamic French producer tucked into the rugged Pyrenean foothills. It's a multi-vintage blend of two varieties - Vermentino and Macabeu - grown at altitude and hand-harvested from low-yielding old vines.
The grapes are whole-bunch fermented for a couple of weeks, drawing tannins, structure and big blooming floral characters from the skins. Then the wine is assembled from five different vintages, going back to 2014.
It's the most inviting shade of amber, and so heady and complex you're never quite sure what will come leaping out of the glass next. We get orange blossom, mandarins, marmalade, apricot stone, and smoky jasmine tea on the nose, all of which followed through onto the palate and lasted for ages on the drying, structured finish.
La Macération du Soula is bottled with no fining and minimal filtering, so comes out of the bottle naturally hazy. Don't worry, this is exactly how it's supposed to be. A great food wine that will pair with anything from charcuterie and cheeses to Asian cuisine.