Guillaume Lefèvre, 40 years old, and Karina, his wife and business partner, are the force behind Domaine de Sulauze, a veritable ecosystem of 31 hectares in the hills of Aix-en-Provence. Nothing predestined this Marseille-born Frenchman to choose a farmer’s life, but after travelling extensively and earning a diploma in viticulture and oenology, at 26 years old he was taken by a “desire to lay down roots”. Soon after founding his estate with Karina, they started converting it to organic, and then in 2006, biodynamic viticulture (certified in 2009). In the winery, the vinifications are gentle, as natural as possible, fermenting slowly in vats, then maturing in old wood casks. Guillaume, who always loved plants (as a kid, he’d ask Father Christmas for seeds), was strongly influenced by Jean-Paul Thévenet, Jean-Pierre Frick and Patrick Meyer. Attached to their terroir but open to the world, the estate hosts travellers through the WWOOF organic farm-stay network, who help them care for their 500-tree olive grove, their 3 hectares of heritage wheat grown for their beer brewing activity, and their new plots of young vines planted from massal selections. It is even possible to get married at the estate...well, for us at Pur Jus, the answer is YES – we’re in love with these wines!
A cuvée whose name reminds us of the French saying –“Tout est bon dans le cochon!”(All is good in the pig). A total fruit bomb, now we just need a friend for a reason to open a second bottle! Palate: it’s smooth and easy drinking, a perfect way to start an aperitif!
Forget your pharmacist, Suce Miel (French for ‘suck honey’) is a homeopathic remedy in a bottle! Notes of wildflower honey and candied fruit on the nose... The palate: huge concentration, sweetness balanced by lovely bitter notes. A bottle sure to age magnificently.