Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wine of the Week - Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Secrète"

With the holiday season in full swing and the temperature dropping, we find ourselves reaching for richer fuller wines that can surprise and impress even the most wine savvy party host or dinner guest. Domaine de la Solitude, one of the region's oldest estates, does just that with their 2010 vintage Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Secrète". With 65% Grenache and 35% small barrel-aged Syrah, this classic Rhône blend has an unexpectedly modern feel. Receiving 93 points from Wine Advocate, the 2010 has "extravagant vanillin, toasty oak, blackberry and cassis fruit, huge aromatics and full-bodied, powerful, inky richness". A wine well worth seeking out before the year is done!

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. Generations of winemakers at Domaine de la Solitude have worked hard to consistently improve the quality of their wines. Current vignerons Michel and Jean Lançon are taking seriously the future of Domaine de la Solitude, focusing attention on the vineyards. Fertilizers have not been used at Solitude for the past ten years. 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.

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