Domaine de Sulauze - Côteaux d’Aix en Provence

Domaine de Sulauze fact sheet

Karina and Guillaume Lefèvre came to Domaine de Sulauze in 2004, a vast vineyard and multi-use property on the western edge of the Appellation Côteaux d'Aix en Provence. The vineyards they planned to keep were transitioned to organic farming, and in the years that followed they began incorporating biodynamic practices as well. Today Domaine de Sulauze, is a winery, brewery and mixed use farm that encompasses 500 hectares of organic farm and pastureland. Sulauze takes its name from sur-lauze, or upon lauze which refers to the layers of flat rock found just below the sandy topsoil of the area.

Karina and Guillaume Lefèvre

In addition to grapes, Guilaume and Karina also cultivate 20 hectares of grains including 40 varieties of wheat used for breads baked in an ancient oven, barley and hops used for their brewery, 5 hectares of olives, they raise chickens and pigs and have a vast vegetable and herb garden, all farmed within the parameters of organic production. They are blessed to have much of what they need to nourish the family without needing to go far afield. They are passionate stalwarts in living sustainably and treat their land with the same respect as the food they put in their kids' mouths. They walk the walk.

They currently work 30 of originally 50 hectares planted to vineyards. The least interesting parcels were ripped up and others more promising were planted. Classic Provençal varietals such as Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Marselan for the reds, and Rolle, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Ugni Blanc for the whites. Average annual production of some 15,000 cases. Indigenous yeast fermentations are the norm nothing is filtered, except for their Pet Nat sparkling wine. The wines from Sulauze are direct, undressed up, and flat-out delicious. We are very excited to include Guilaume and Karina into the Joli Vin family of artisan vignerons.

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône
Domaine Monts Luisants

Super Modeste, Pétillant Naturel Grenache Blanc and Vermentino, co-fermented and bottled (with a light filtration) before fermentation ends.

Galinette70% Grenache Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc, 10% Clairette and 10% Vermentino

PomponetteClassic Provençal rosé. Very pale pink color with aromas of peach, orange skin, strawberry, and hints of cucumber.

CochonAs the name suggests, the whole hog here. A little bit of everything and 100% delicious.

Les AmisHas all the perfume, perhaps without the flesh, of a Northern Rhône Syrah.