Lou Pal 2017
A Wine That
transports you to the Med, dining al fresco and looking out to sea. 'Lou Pa'l is a Syrah that's a little more wild than its cousins in the Rhône Valley, but still charming with its scents of olives and rosemary. Chill it down a touch to help it become the perfect companion to your summer vegetables just off the grill.
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- Winemaker: Saskia van der Horst
Where & How?
This wine comes from a small vineyard planted to Syrah in the village of Montner. The vines are up to 60 years old and farmed biodynamically.
The wine fermented naturally with whole bunches with a short maceration period. Fermentation then continued in fibre glass tanks, after which the wine was aged in old oak barrels. Small amounts of sulphur were used.
Sometimes, your gut instinct tells you that you must pursue a certain path in life, but how often are we brave enough to actually take the plunge?
Saskia van der Horst is one of the people that was - without any money behind her. Initially from Paris, her dream was to work in analog photography, which eventually took her to London. In a struggling industry, she was introduced to the hospitality world through her brother. This is where she fell in love with wine.
After visiting her parents in the south of France (in her newfound wine mindset) there was something about the vast landscape and old vines of the Roussillon that kept tugging at her heartstrings. It was enough to eventually persuade her to jump on a plane and fly back to France, to study winemaking in Beaune and to set up her own domaine, assisted by a French agricultural grant which helps young farmers.
Today, she works across 4.5 hectares of old vines in the Roussillon, tending them biodynamically and working towards a future of agroforestry and polyculture.