Domaine de la Solitude Vin de la Solitude 2018
$175.00 inc. GST
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93/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
96/100 – Wine Spectator (2017 vintage)
94/100 – Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2017 vintage)
“Completely undestemmed, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Vin de la Solitude is a cofermented assemblage of 30% Counoise, 25% Grenache, 15% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 5% each Bourboulenc, Clairette and Roussanne. After staying on skins for 80 days, it then matured in barriques for 18 months. The result is a fascinating mélange of spice, mixed berries and cocoa nuances. It’s only medium to full-bodied (14.5% alcohol), framed by silky tannins and possesses a long, herb-tinged finish. It’s a new (old?) way of working, but shows promise for the future in the way that it balances ripe flavors with reasonable alcohol levels. Drink: 2020 to 2035.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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.
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
Region: Chateauneuf-de-pape AOC, France