Daniel and Cathy Lafitte took on the management of this estate in 2002 after 15 years of working together with the last owner, whose family had cultivated these vines for a century. Overlooked by the imposing Cathar stronghold, Chateau de Queribus, in the commune of Tautavel the 17 ha of Domaine de Soulanes are planted on steep slopes at the Eastern end of the long valley of Maury. The 16 parcels which make up the estate's holdings are planted on a mixture of metamorphic schist, sedimentary marls and chalky clay. Exceptional exposure and constant sunshine is moderated by the benign influence of the North- Westerly wind, the Tramontane. Old bush vines give low yields and good concentration and the cultivation is organic.