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The new 2019 Vin de la Solitude. For a limited time Buy Pre Arrival and save 25%

"2019 appears to be a beautiful, possibly exceptional, vintage"
Back in 2016 a discussion between Florent Lancon, of Domaine de la Solitude, and the French wine critic Michael Bettane was the catalyst for an incredible wine cuvee.
Domaine de la Solitude is one of the oldest estates in Chateauneuf du Pape, tracing its history back to the 13th century with no less than a Pope in the family tree! It has been run by the Lancon family for many decades and was one of the first domaines to estate-bottle.
The idea was to produce a wine as a tribute to their ancestor Paul Martin, who was one of the first French vignerons to sell his wine in bottle in the 18th century under the name "Vin de la Solitude".
Records at the domaine showed that blends at that time were very different. Whilst Grenache is the workhorse of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the 21st century, hundreds of years ago, things were very different.
Florent modeled the new wine on the old blend of 30% Counoise, 25% hundred year-old Grenache noir, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Roussanne, Clairette rose and Grenache blanc. Two things are immediately obvious - the wine contains a huge amount of the rare Counoise grape (less than 0.5% of Chateauneuf is planted to this variety) and quite a portion of white grapes, still allowed in Chateauneuf but only used by a few producers. 
Counoise is a dark-skinned grape that does not produce a lot of colour or tannin. It is used by domaines, including Chateau Beaucastel, to add spiciness and acidity. The presence of white grapes add a lightness and freshness.
Today we present the newly announced Vin de la Solitude 2019. Like past vintages it is available in a Wooden Case of 3 750ml bottles or as a single 1500ml Magnum.
Rhone Guru Jeb Dunnuck describes the vintage "The 2019s will be a step up over the 2018s and offer more depth, concentration, and richness, all while showing considerable purity of fruit and elegance. While the year will be known for its hot, dry summer, the region saw substantial precipitation late in 2018 as well as early in 2019. A normal spring (just under 100 millimeters of rainfall) saw a healthy fruit set and yields are up over 2018 and 2017. This early-season rainfall is essential when trying to understand the vintage.
Looking at the wines, these are inkier colored, concentrated, full-bodied wines that stay surprisingly focused and lively on the palate. Despite the hot growing season, the wines hold onto impressive aromatics, with clean, pure fruit aromas and little in the way of over-ripeness. Tannins across the board appear to be ripe, the wines have plenty of mid-palate depth, as well as length, and I found few signs of over the top wines. Quality throughout the Southern Rhône Valley also appears to be high.
I’ll review these wines in depth next year, but in short, 2019 appears to be a beautiful, possibly exceptional, vintage for the Southern Rhône and is superior to 2018."
For a limited time we offer the 2019's at a 25% Pre Arrival Discount.
We also have small quantities of the 2018 available. Jeb Dunnuck says "It’s a singular, gorgeously complex wine that tastes like a Grand Cru Burgundy made in the South of France."
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude 2019
Wooden Case of 3 Bottles
Landed Price $460.50
Special Pre Arrival $345.00 a Case of 3 (Save 25%)
Also in Magnum Landed Price $332.00
Special Pre Arrival Price $249.00
Vin de la Solitude is modelled on a centuries-old Chateauneuf blend comprising 30% Counoise, 25% hundred year-old Grenache noir, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Roussanne, Clairette rose and Grenache blanc. That, of course, is quite different to the blends of today which are primarily Grenache and Syrah.
In keeping with the old character of the vintage the wine has once again been bottled in heavy old style glass with a rendition of the original label for Vin de la Solitude. The top of each bottle is hand waxed. The 750ml bottles are presented in a wooden case of 3. 
Sorry, no reviews yet. The wine will be bottled in June 2021.
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude 2018
Wooden Case of 3 Bottles
In Stock Normal Price $460.50
Special $391.50 a Case of 3
Also in Magnum Normal Price $332.00
Special $282.00 (only 3 left)
Jeb Dunnuck
Based on just about every variety permitted (some white varieties as well), the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Le Vin De La Solitude is inspired by the writings of Major Ducos, who was a prior owner of Château de la Nerthe. The grapes were all harvest at separate times yet added to the same tank, resulting in very long alcoholic fermentation (1 month) and a total maceration time of 80 days. This singular beauty sports a medium ruby hue to go with an incredibly exotic bouquet of red currants, framboise, mulled strawberries, white flowers, cedary garrigue, and classy leather. This all carries to a medium to full-bodied red that has beautiful overall balanced, silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s a singular, gorgeously complex wine that tastes like a Grand Cru Burgundy made in the South of France. 95 Points
Orders may also be placed to tracey@grandmillesime.com.au. 2018's are in stock.
18 wines and multi-course dinner just $135.00!
Each day we receive numerous emails from wineries across the globe looking for an Australian importer. Most are simply not of interest but every now and then the wines do sound interesting.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Florent Grangeon of Domaine de Cristia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We did import some wines from Domaine de Cristia five or so years ago. They were very good but I got caught up with Burgundy and that was that.
Their wines continue to receive excellent reviews and Florent offered to Fedex me some samples of the latest releases to taste. He also suggested two of his friends - Domaine de l'Espigouette and Les Clos des Cazaux - would like to do the same. Last week three boxes of wine arrived.
I have 18 bottles from the Southern Rhone to taste – a stretch even for me – so I have planned a little dinner where I will open all of the wines and seek some feedback from you as to whether you think I should import some or all.
The wines include a selection of Vacqueyras and Gigondas, both up and coming regions. The Domaine de Cristia wines include their two top Chateauneuf-du-Papes – Renaissance and Vieilles Vignes. These wines would retail for around $170.00 and $225.00 a bottle respectively. Many of the wines from all makers are produced from very old vines.
As the wines have only cost me the tax and duty I am happy to run this dinner at cost. For $135.00 you can enjoy a multi-course dinner and taste 18 Rhones. In exchange I ask for a little feedback.
I only have a 12 seats so if you would like to attend please get back to me quickly.
The wine selection:
Domaine de l'Espigouette
Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2020
Cotes-du-Rhone Vieilles Vignes 2018
Plan de Dieu 2018
Vacqueyras 2018
Rasteau 2019
Gigondas 2018
Les Clos des Cazaux
Vacqueyras Blanc Clefs d'Or 2019
Vacqueyras St Roch 2018
Vacqueyras Cuvee des Templiers 2018
Vacqueyras Grenat Noble 2016
Gigondas Tour Sarrasine 2019
Gigondas Prestige 2017
Domaine de Cristia
Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2019
Cotes-du-Rhone 2019
Cotes-du-Rhone Vieilles Vignes 2019
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Classique 2019
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance 2018
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
Date: Tuesday 29 March 2021
 Time: 7.30pm
 Venue: Yagiz Restaurant
 22 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141
 Cost: $135.00 per Person
To book email tracey@grandmillesime.com.au.
 
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