2019 Domaine de la Solitude, Chateauneuf du Pape, Reserve Secrete, 3x750ml

2019 Domaine de la Solitude, Chateauneuf du Pape, Reserve Secrete, 3x750ml

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Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml

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This cuvée is the quintessence of the Domaine de la Solitude terroirs and know-how, and is produced solely in exceptional years. The Grenache comes from the oldest parcel of the “Domaine de la Solitude”, situated on the western slope leading up to the “La Crau” plateau, on a terroir of Safres. The Syrah grapes are grown in the cool, Safres terroir of “Les Blachières”. This flavoursome cuvée with a richly smooth texture is aged for 18 months in barrels and vats, before being blended and left to age for a further year in foudre. This wine is the pinnacle of the domaine, the spirit of tradition married to modernity plus the knowledge built by all the generations over many centuries.

No review yet – scores for 2017 vintage – 97 Jeb Dunnuck; 95 Vinous; 97 Wine Enthusiast

Domaine de la Solitude belongs to one of the oldest families of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with their roots in the area dating back to the 15th Century. It was in the 17th Century that Hélène Barberini, a descendant of the illustrious Tuscan family of the same name, married Claude Martin, owner of a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their grandson created the first wine in the appellation “Le Vin de la Solitude” which became a symbol of quality. Eight generations later, the 100 acre contiguous estate, on the edge of the coveted La Crau plateau, is run by Florent Lançon. This is “terroir central” in the region’s classiest appellation and home to a number of prestigious “lieux-dits. The vines are special too with some of them being over 100 years old and the average age of all the vines being 50 years. All thirteen permitted grape varietals grow well in La Crau’s hospitable soil mix of sand, loam and clay but the focus at Domaine de la Solitude is on four whites – Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc and four reds – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The vineyards are certified organic and in conversion to biodynamics. Florents aim is to use the beautiful terroir at his disposal to produce soft, balanaced wines with length, not breadth or richness which you would normally find in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.