2015 Domaine de la Solitude (750ml)

Grenache from Côtes du Rhône, 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. Post-phylloxera in the early 1870s, as conscientious growers gathered together to formulate the rules which would become the first prototype for the entire Appellation Controlée (AOC) system, the Lançon family was one of the cornerstone estates. In homage to their ancestors, they added the Cuvée Barberini lines while bottling the most complex set of Rhone selections available. For 2015, their Cotes du Rhone is marvelous; deeply fruited, complex and simply smashing for the tariff.


A hidden gem in the vintage, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône is made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was brought up all in concrete tanks. It offers everything you could want from a Côtes du Rhône, with ample black raspberry, strawberry, garrigue and floral notes flowing to a medium-bodied, seamless, hard to resist style on the palate. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years

90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 227 - Oct 2016)

A bright, garnet-hued red from an estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is thirst-quenching in its tart red currant flavors. With scents of spice and cedar, it would be terrific with a holiday turkey.

90 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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