Domaine de la Solitude Vin de la Solitude 2020

$175.00 inc. GST

95/100 – Decanter
95/100 – Jeb Dunnuck
97/100 – James Suckling (2019 vintage)
93/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2019 vintage)
96/100 – Wine Spectator (2017 vintage)
94/100 – Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2017 vintage)

“Beautifully detailed nose with peppery freshness. Intense, with fine tannins, gently saline and not overly marked by wood this year – lovely drinkability. This is excellent and based on a recipe belonging to an ancestor of the Lançon family. It’s unusual in its proportion of Counoise; with it are co-fermented Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Clairette Rose and Grenache Blanc. Aged in three-year-old barriques. No filtration or fining. 2,600 bottles made.” – Decanter

“The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vin De La Solitude checks in as a kitchen sink blend of Counoise (24%), Grenache (22%), Syrah (20%), Mourvedre (19%), and splashes of Cinsault, Clairette, Clairette Rosé, Picpoul Blanc, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne, brought up entirely in older barrels. Its ruby/plum color is followed by an exotic bouquet of mulled strawberries, red cherries, spice box, dried flowers, and new leather, with a subtle, somewhat exotic character that’s hard to place. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied beauty with terrific balance, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. This pure, complex, spicy, incredibly satisfying 2020 can be drunk today or cellared for 10-12 years.” – Jeb Dunnuck

Tasting Notes: This cuvée was created in honour of the family’s ancestor Paul Martin, who was one of the first French winemakers to sell wine in the 18th century under the name Vin de la Solitude. It was created using the winemaking techniques of the era, with very different blends to those of the modern era, where Grenache is not the dominant grape. The wine is composed of a large number of varieties co-fermented with much longer macerations than those used today. The four original labels of “Vin de la Solitude” have been reissued for this cuvée. Floral nose with black berries and spices. A mouth with aromas of cassis, bouquet of garrigue. It is an elegant and refined wine, tannic while remaining fresh. Storage: Drink now until 2030.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes of each variety are harvested by hand and then vatted as they mature. The first grape, Syrah, is vatted starting September, while the last, Counoise, starts in October. They are co-fermented after harvest in a cone-shaped wooden cuve. Alcoholic fermentation is very long, lasting more than a month, and the vatting 80 days for this vintage. The wine is matured for 18 months in barriques et bottled without filtration or fining.

Varieties: Counoise 30%, Grenache noir 25%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 15%, Clairette 5%, Bourboulenc 5%, Roussanne 5%, Clairette rose, Grenache blanc

Alcohol: 15.0%

Region: Chateauneuf-de-pape AOC, France

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