Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2017 Domaine de la Solitude

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2017 Domaine de la Solitude

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95 Points for this Chateauneuf from La Crau

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  • 95 Points
  • La Crau terroir

About Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2017 Domaine de la Solitude

The Lancon family, owners of Domaine de la Solitude, descend directly from the 12th Century Barberini family of Rome. Maffeo Barberini, was a papal diplomatic representative, in Paris from 1604 to 1606, and was made Pope under the name Pope Urban VIII. Two of his nephews became cardinals and a part of the family then settled down in Avignon. In the 1980s, brothers Michel and Jean Lancon took the future of Domaine de la Solitude in their hands, focusing attention on the vineyards. Over the past several years, Michel’s son Florent Lancon has taken over the day-to-day operations of Domaine de la Solitude, continuing to make improvements while preserving the traditions of his father and uncle. The Domaine is located in the heart of the appellation, in the La Solitude lieu-dit, just on the western edge of the La Crau plateau.

This 2017 is a blend of  50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "Whiffs of dried strawberry and cherry mingle into darker notes of smoke and spice in this sexy, perfumed blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It's a luscious, voluminous sip that floods the palate with primary cherry and raspberry flavors but also a crush of minerals too. A gorgeous, readily approachable wine with fine, silky tannins that should gain earthier complexities well through 2030."

Wine Spectator scored this 93 points saying "Warm and lush, with dark plum, blackberry and raspberry compote flavors rolling through, wrapped in black licorice notes and carried by a light tarry edge on the finish. Enjoyable up front, but has the stuffing for cellaring. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2035."

Jeb Dunnuck scored this 92 points saying "Starting with the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape (50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, and 5% Counoise), it offers ruby/purple color as well as an incredibly polished, elegant, medium-bodied style as well as red plum and blueberry fruits intermixed with violets, spring flowers, and pepper. Seamless, silky, and polished on the palate, with fine tannins and perfect balance, readers could do much worse than to have a case of this in the cellar."

Wine Advocate scored this 91 points saying "Very much a classic representative of the appellation, Solitude's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied and generous, lush and creamy through the mid-palate, then firming up slightly on the finish. Cola, spice and cherry flavors mingle easily, finishing long and savory. The assemblage is 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% each Cinsault and Counoise, with aging in concrete tank (90%) and foudres (10%)."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 15.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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