22 Mar Domaine de la Solitude Library Releases
This is a rare opportunity to get library releases from Domaine de la Solitude that are being released straight from the cellar at the winery.
Jeb Dunnuck on Domaine Solitude:
“This retrospective took place at the domaine and focused on the classic Châteauneuf du Pape going all the way back to 1967 and the flagship cuvee, the Châteauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete, going back to 2001. The classic cuvee is 60-70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, mostly destemmed (they started destemming this cuvee 1998), can see a touch of carbonic maceration and is aged mostly in concrete tanks. This is a classic, age-worthy red. The Châteauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete is a much bigger, richer wine based on 60-70% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s completely destemmed and aged almost all in small barrels, a good chunk of which can be new. This is a killer, modern-styled wine that never loses its Southern Rhône soul, and top vintages have two to three decades of longevity.”
2001 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete
On Sale $159.99 750ml
Easily my favorite in the retrospective, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, aged mostly in small barrels) flirts with perfection and is a heavenly Chateauneuf du Pape that I wish every reader could taste. Possessing off-the-hook complexity in its ripe dark fruits, garrigue, tobacco, olive and cigar-laced aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and layered, with fine, elegant tannin and a blockbuster finish. Possessing both elegance and power, it’s a quintessential Chateauneuf du Pape that’s drinking at point!
98 Points, the Wine Advocate
2006 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape Cornelia Constanza
On Sale $169.99 1.5L magnum only
The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cornelia Constanza was fashioned from 100% very old vine Grenache, primarily aged in tank. It exhibits all the characteristics of ripe Grenache, including notes of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, figs, spice box, and flowers. Heady, full-bodied, concentrated, decadently rich, and oh, so powerful and deep, this is a “must” purchase for those who love old vine Grenache in its unmanipulated, natural, naked glory. This wine should drink beautifully for 15-20 years.
96 Points, the Wine Advocate
2012 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Barberini
On Sale $79.99
Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches, vanilla creme, toasted almonds and hints of brioche. Aged mostly in new French oak, it is a rich, medium to full-bodied white that has balancing acidity and freshness. Deserving of a classy meal, it should have 4-5 years of prime drinking. Drink now-2018.
93 points, the Wine Advocate
Also available from Domaine de la Solitude:
2014 Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone
On Sale $12.99
Fresh and lively, with notes of red cherry, watermelon, and ripe strawberry. This would be perfect with your next brunch and a crab benedict.