The New Vin de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018. In bottle and Magnum. Save 25% this week

The New Vin de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018. In bottle and Magnum. Save 25% this week

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The new vintage of a rare 18th century inspired release from Domaine de la Solitude
Buy at a 25% Pre Arrival Discount this week

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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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.

Solitde Vin de la SOlitude bottle 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.

The first vintage of this wine was 2016.

Last week Florent advised that there will be a 2018 of this unique wine. 2018 is another small vintage.

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. The 1500ml Magnums are in an individual wooden case.
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vin de la Solitude 2018
Wooden Case of Three 750ml Bottles 
Normally $460.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $345.00 (Save 25%)
1500ml MAGNUM in Wooden Case
Normally $332.00
Special Pre Arrival Price $249.00
We are too early for reviews of the 2018.Once again 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've never 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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Phone: (03) 9326 5737

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Solitude Tradition Label
More from Domaine de la Solitude
including a selection of Magnums
We have a nice range available including new 2017's and a selection of Magnums.

To view and order on our website click here.

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Speaking of magnums we have quite a selection available.
To see them all on our website click here.

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