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Domaine de la Solitude

 

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape translates to “new house of the Pope” and refers to the relocation of the papal court to Avignon in the 14th century. Many Italian nobles moved to the area as well, and, thus the Lançon family members (owners of Domaine de la Solitude) are direct descendants of the Barberini family of Rome, still a prominent family in Italy to this day – among their ancestors number Pope Urban VIII and two cardinals. Generations of winemakers at Domaine de la Solitude have worked hard to consistently preserve the high quality of their wines.

 

This is a family steeped in the history of the region and of France. On the label, their family crest of three bees, dates to the middle ages. Since the Renaissance, through the French Revolution and into modern times, the family has played a part in the narrative that has been written about Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

 

After the devastation of Phylloxera in the early 1870s, the region was in chaos and reconstruction of vineyards could be financially ruinous. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape vignerons were just some of those affected by the rampant fraud and adulteration that was common in the early part of the 20th century. In response to this, the vignerons of the village drew up a set of rules that would become the first prototype for the entire Appellation Controlée (AOC) system, including a physical delimitation of where vines could be planted, minimum alcoholic strength, permitted grape varietals, and sorting of picked grapes.

 

In the 1980s, brothers Michel and Jean Lançon took the future of Domaine de la Solitude in their hands, focusing attention on the vineyards. Fertilizers have not been used at Solitude for the past ten years. Over the past several years, Michel’s son Florent Lançon has been taking 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 Estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with vines averaging 50 years of age.

 

Driven by the desire to produce the best possible wines while still respecting the traditions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and their lineage, in 1999, Michel and Jean decided to introduce four prestige cuvées and added Cuvée Barberini Rouge,  Cuvée Barberini Blanc,  Réserve Secrète, and Cornelia Constanza to the winery’s production.

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Producer: Famille Lançon

Country: France
Region: Rhône
Founded: 1450
Farming: Sustainable
Website: www.domaine-solitude.com

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Côtes du Rhône Blanc
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Varietal: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier
Technical sheet
88 pts WA - CDR Blanc 2015
88 pts WA - CDR Blanc 2013

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Clairette, Grenache, Roussanne, Bourboulenc
Technical sheet
95 pts WS - CDP Blanc 2016
91 pts JD - CDP Blanc 2016
90 pts WA - CDP Blanc 2015
89 pts Vinous - CDP Blanc 2015
91 pts WS - CDP Blanc 2014
91 pts WA - CDP Blanc 2014
90 pts WA - CDP Blanc 2013
90 pts WA - CDP Blanc 2012

Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Barberini" Blanc
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Roussanne, Clairette
Technical sheet
94 pts JD - Barberini Blanc 2016
92 pts WS - Barberini Blanc 2015
92 pts Vinous - Barberini Blanc 2015
91+ pts WA - Barberini Blanc 2015
93 pts WA - Barberini Blanc 2012
90 pts Tanzer - Barberini Blanc 2009

Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah
Technical sheet

Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Rhône
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan
Technical sheet
90 pts WA - CDR Rouge 2015
87 pts WA - CDR Rouge 2014

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre
Technical sheet
93 pts WS - CDP Rouge 2015
89 pts JD - CDP Rouge 2015
90 pts WA - CDP Rouge 2014
92 pts WS - CDP Rouge 2013
88-91 pts WA - CDP Rouge 2013
90 pts Vinous - CDP Rouge 2013
17/20 pts JR - CDP Rouge 2013
92 pts WS - CDP Rouge 2013
90 pts WA - CDP Rouge 2012
89 pts JG - CDP Rouge 2011
90 pts WA - CDP Rouge 2010

Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Barberini" Rouge
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Technical sheet
95 pts WS - Barberini Rouge 2015
91 pts JD - Barberini Rouge 2015
91 pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2014
93 pts WS- Barberini Rouge 2013
92 pts Vinous - Barberini Rouge 2013
90-92 pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2013
92 pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2012
91+ pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2009
93 pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2005
93 pts WA - Barberini Rouge 2001
93 pts JG - Barberini Rouge 2000

Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Cornelia Constanza"
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Grenache
Technical sheet
96 pts WS - Cornelia Constanza 2015
93 pts JD - Cornelia Constanza 2015
93 pts WA - Cornelia Constanza 2010
93 pts WA - Cornelia Constanza 2009
96 pts WA - Cornelia Constanza 2005

Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Secrète"
Appellation: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Grenache Noir, Syrah
Technical sheet
96 pts WS - Réserve Secrète 2015
93 pts JD - Réserve Secrète 2015
93+ pts WA - Réserve Secrète 2010
97+ pts WA - Réserve Secrète 2007
96 pts WA - Réserve Secrète 2005
94 pts WA - Réserve Secrète 2004

 

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