Three Outstanding 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvees from Domaine de la Solitude. Arriving next mon


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History repeats!
A rare 18th century inspired release from Domaine de la Solitude
Arriving next month

Talk about a bit of Chateauneuf magic! Domaine de la Solitude have produced three incredible red wines in 2016. Below we have the historic Vin de Solitude - an unbelievably inspired release. At the right we have our special barrel select Cuvee Grand Millesime and the new Cuvee Cornelia Constanza both produced from 100% Grenache. 
All three wines are from the 2016 vintage - destined to become a Rhone classic.
The wines will arrive in Australia in a month's time and quantities available of the Vin de Solitude and Cornelia Constanza are tiny. If you fancy some great Chateauneuf for the cellar you must consider all three. You may mix and match as you wish.
Don't miss the last 14 bottles of the gorgeous Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016 at the bottom right.


Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude 2016

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.

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Original Vin de la Soliude labels
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.

All grapes were co-fermented and vinified as whole clusters (as an aside Florent has a great interest in Burgundy winemaking techniques). The wine was vinified in tronconic wood vats. Each grape variety was harvested at its own maturity, the first variety being the Syrah, picked in early September, and the last being the Counoise, picked in early October. The alcoholic fermentation was very long. For this new cuvee the wine was macerated for 80 days and aged for 18 months in old barrels.

Solitde Vin de la SOlitude bottle I have been very fortunate to taste the wine twice on its journey - the first time in March 2017 at Prowein and again at the domaine. I have to say it is one of the most exciting wines I can recall.

In keeping with the old character of the vintage the 750ml version wine has 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.

There are only 1000 bottles of this wine for the world and they will only be available in a specially made 3-bottle wooden case  befitting such a prestige release.

I should also add that the 2016 vintage is being described as the greatest of the last 30 years.

With only 1000 bottles produced we have a very limited quantity to sell and we have already sold a large portion of our allocation. If you wish to secure some bottles please act quickly. The Wooden Case of 3 bottles is available at a 15% Pre Arrival Discount.

Stop Press! We also have more of the Rare Magnums. Only 100 of these have been produced!
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude 2016 
Wooden Case of Three 750ml Bottles 
Normally $465.00
Pre Arrival Price $395.00
1500ml MAGNUM Normally $305.00
Pre Arrival Price $259.00
Only 12 Packs and 8 Magnums left!
Vinous - Josh Raynolds: Brilliant ruby. A suave, expansive bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, candied flowers and smoky minerals, backed by a hint of peppery spices. In an elegant yet concentrated style, offering seamless black raspberry and spicecake flavors that show very good depth as well as clarity. Juicy acidity adds lift and definition to a very long, floral-accented finish framed by velvety, harmonious tannins. 93-95 Points

I think this is a Chateauneuf-du-Pape to appeal to Burgundy lovers. For such a special release the price is also very reasonable. I haven't said anything to Florent but I think the domaine could easily have charged twice the price.

To view the wine and order on line click here. 

Orders may also be placed by email to or by phone to (03) 9326 5737.

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Grand Millesime Pty Ltd

21 Toorak Road

South Yarra

Vic 3141


Phone: (03) 9326 5737

Fax: (03) 9326 6744

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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Selection Grand Millesime 2016
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A special barrel selection just for Grand Millesime!
Darren Harris: A single barrel personal selection solely for Grand Millesime. 100% Grenache from 80 year old vines grown on Gallet Roules from the climat of Beaucoup. 100% full bunch. 3 year old oak. Deep, bright hue. A soaring nose of raspberries, bitter cherry and spice. A note of blood orange and its citric lift. You can sense the complexity and intensity from the use of whole bunches. The palate is just as glorious as the nose. The fruit is perfectly ripe and the wine is multi-layered. The tannins are very fine leaving a sense of balance and none of the heaviness often seen in Chateauneufs with a good percentage of Syrah. Great texture and very long. Stylish and delicious with a lot in common with serious Burgundy. 

Landed Price $124.95
Pre Arrival Price $99.95

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Solitude Cornelia Constanza Label
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf de Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza 2016 
2016 is the latest release of the Cuvee Cornelia Constanza from Domaine de la Solitude.
Domaine de la Solitude's Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza is only produced in exceptional vintages. In recent years we have seen only 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009 released.
Cornelia Constanza is produced soley from 120-130 year old Grenache from the sandy soils of La Crau (home of Vieux Telegraphe). 

Jeb Dunnuck: Pure Grenache brought up in a mix of foudre, old barrels, and stainless steel, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cornelia Constanza is up there with the finest versions of this cuvée to date. Huge notes of cassis, kirsch liqueur, crushed flowers, and incense give way to a rich, powerful, yet graceful wine that has no hard edges and a great finish. It's orgasmic stuff and Grenache lovers shouldn't miss it! 
98 Points 

We only have 11 bottles left in this shipment so you'll need to be quick!

Normally $175.50
Pre Arrival Price $148.95

To view and order on our website click here.
These two wines are very interesting to compare. The Selection Grand Millesime is from vines on gallet roules and the Cornelia Constanza is from vines on sandy soil.
Solitude Tradition Label
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Blanc 2016
14 bottles in stock
Also a killer wine!
Wine Spectator: This is dreamy, with creamed melon, pear and green fig flavours gliding along, framed by light brioche and meringue notes. The long finish lets the fruit hang beautifully. Offers refined opulence. Drink now through 2022. 95 Points
Darren Harris: Stunning nose! Is this Burgundy? Fresh stonefruit and a lick of complexing sulphides. A blend of Roussane, White Grenache and Clairette part matured in barrel, part with malo. I don't recall ever tasting a white Chateauneuf of this style. Refined flavours of stonefruits and minerals. Crisp and fresh. Mouthfilling. Never heavy. There are elements of Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet. The 2016 vintage is being highly praised by the winemakers and this is a stunning example of what the new generation can achieve. I am in awe. Bravo Florent!

Normally $79.95
Special $67.95

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