Domaine de la Solitude, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Barberini 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • ABV:

    15.00%

  • Grape:

    Grenache

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%

  • Vegan:

    Yes

  • Winemaker:

    Florent Lancon

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Barberini 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A well textured, ripe and full-bodied wine delivering rich black fruits, mocha expresso and a subtle hint of smoke. Smooth on the palate with integrated tannins and a lingering finish, this is a traditional and elegant Châteauneuf.

Production Notes

This wine is made from a select parcel of old Grenache vines and is only produced in the best vintages. The grapes were manually sorted on a sorting table, before being crushed and destemmed. The fruit was transferred to the fermentation tank via gravity. A long maceration took place with gentle extraction techniques, to obtain opulent fruit characteristics and fine tannins. Approximately 60% of this wine was aged in oak barrels and demi-muids for 18 months.

Critics Reviews

James Suckling 92pts (2013) - Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched dark berry, incense, vanilla and floral oil scents are lifted by smoky mineral and cracked pepper nuances. Broad, fleshy and concentrated, offering sweet blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that turn livelier and spicier as the wine opens up. Extroverted and emphatically fruit-driven, this lush wine finishes sweet, broad and quite long, with velvety tannins adding gentle grip.

Producer Profile

Wines have been made on this estate for several hundred years, dating back to 1264 when the family arrived from Italy to serve the pope in Avignon. The three hats depicted on the label, signifies two bishops and a pope, who were among the fore fathers of the Lançon family. Today, the domain with its 38 hectares in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, is passing to the next generation as brothers Jean and Michel Lançon are handing over the reins to Florent, Michel's son. Florent, who is passionate about innovative winemaking, while honouring traditional values, has recently started working with new tulip-shaped concrete vats which were initially designed for Cheval Blanc and are at the cutting edge of winemaking technology. Domaine de la Solitutude’s wines are renowned for their characteristic elegance whilst expressing the true origins of their terroir.