Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wine of the Week: Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

This week's featured wine is from the prestigious Domaine de la Solitude in Southern Rhône. While not as commonly found as the Rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc can be just as impressive, ageable, and complex. Domaine de la Solitude uses a blend of Grenache blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and a few notes of Bourboulenc (a local grape varietal) for their CDP Blanc; resulting in a wine with notes of creamed melon, pear, and green fig balanced by flavors of light brioche and meringue. Due to its complexity and richness, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a great white wine for people who normally just enjoy red wine. Ideal food pairings include baked white fish with fresh herbs, and a sauté of shellfish with white wine, garlic and thyme.      

Châteauneuf-du-Pape translates to “new house of the Pope” and refers to the summer house location of papal court from its base in 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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