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Domaine de la Solitude Cuvee Barberini Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2014
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £248.70
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Alcohol by volume - 15%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine De La Solitude
Tasting notes - A well textured, ripe and full-bodied wine delivering rich black fruits, mocha expresso and a subtle hint of smoke. Smooth on the plalate with integrated tannins and a lingering finish, this is a traditional and elegant Chateauneuf.
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A well textured, ripe and full-bodied wine delivering
black fruits, mocha expresso and a hint of smoke.
Concentrated and elegant Chateauneuf .
Wines have been made on this estate for several hundred years, dating back to
1264 when the family arrived from Italy to serve the pope in Avignon. The three hats
depicted on the label, signifies two bishops and a pope, who were among the fore
fathers of the Lançon family. Today, the Domaine with its 38 hectares in the
Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, is passing to the next generation as brothers
Jean and Michel Lançon are handing over the reins to Florent, Michel's son. Florent,
who is passionate about innovative winemaking, whilst honouring traditional values,
has recently started working with new tulip-shaped concrete vats which were initially
designed for Cheval Blanc and are at the cutting edge of winemaking technology.
Domaine de la Solitutude’s wines are renowned for their characteristic elegance
whilst expressing the true origins of their terroir.
The vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape delivered a 2013 vintage marked by late
maturity levels, which in many ways resembles the vintages of the 1980s. The region
was spared the climatic irregularities that affected many regions, hail in particular.
2013 is characterised by low yields and relatively atypical balance; where the fruit
outweighs the potency.
The Grenache comes from best parcels of old vines. This Domaine has one of the
best terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with its abundance of rounded quartzite
stones, known as "Galet Roulés" terroir, which comes from the Villafranchian period.
These stones absorb heat during the day then radiate it at night, promoting full
grape maturity. The grapes are manually harvested, once each variety has reached
phenological ripeness, based on grape tastings by an expert panel. The grape
bunches are then meticulously sorted to remove any unwanted fruit.
This wine is made from a select parcel of old Grenache vines and is only produced in
the best vintages. The grapes were manually sorted on a sorting table, before being
crushed and destemmed. The fruit was transferred to the fermentation tank via
gravity. A long maceration took place with gentle extraction techniques, to obtain
opulent fruit characteristics and fine tannins. Approximately 60% of this wine was
aged in oak barrels and demi-muids for 18 months.
A well textured, ripe and full-bodied wine delivering rich black fruits, mocha expresso
and a subtle hint of smoke. Smooth on the plalate with integrated tannins and a
lingering finish, this is a traditional and elegant Chateauneuf.
Great with grilled red meat in a mushroom sauce, with roasted vegetables.
Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
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