2015 Domaine de la Solitude Reserve Secrete (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In the 14th century, the papal court relocated to Avignon in the Rhone valley, giving Chateauneuf du Pape its name ("new house of the Pope"), while dozens of noble Italian families relocated to the region. Among those were the Lançon family forebears, the Barberini family of Rome – still prominent in Italy; a Pope and a couple cardinals in the lineage – making these owners of Domaine de la Solitude an integral part of the region's historical fabric. Their family crest – the three bees adorning the labels on their bottles – dates to the middle ages. Including the Renaissance, through the Revolution and throughout these modern times, the Lançon family has been part of Chateauneuf du Pape. In the early 1870s, conscientious growers gathered together, formulating the rules which launched the entire Appellation Controlée (AOC) system, the Lançon family the cornerstone estate for their zone. Fittingly, they reached another watershed moment in their long, brilliant history, landing in Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2017. I'll soon have each of their ultra-fine specialty cuvees from 2015 in stock, as well as their Top 100 earning 2016 CDP Blanc (#74). Order yours today, you're gonna want these.


This is packed with dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry preserve flavors at the core, enlivened with juniper, tobacco and licorice snap notes. Lovely roasted apple wood accents score the finish, with the fruit taking a long encore. Best from 2020 through 2035. 500 cases made.

96 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov 2017)

The top wine at Solitude is the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete, a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, 60% of which was matured in new oak. Virtually none of the oak is apparent on the nose, which features peppery-herbal and bright cherry notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, creamy and lush, with ripe cherries and berries that glide to a long, silky finish that turns slightly chocolaty at the very end. While approachable now, this wine should be able to go a couple of decades,

95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

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