Domaine de la Solitude

Domaine de la Solitude - Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Florent Lançon

The Lançon family, owners of Domaine de la Solitude, descend directly from the 12th Century Barberini family of Rome.

The best known of the family, Maffeo Barberini, was a papal nuncio, or diplomatic representative, in Paris from 1604 to 1606, and was made Pope in Rome under the name Pope Urban VIII.

Two of his nephews became cardinals and a part of the family then settled down in Avignon. In the 1980s, brothers Michel and Jean Lançon took the future of Domaine de la Solitude in their hands, focusing attention on the vineyards.

Over the past several years, Michel’s son Florent Lançon has taken over the day-to-day operations of Domaine de la Solitude, continuing to make improvements while preserving the traditions of his father and uncle.

“Located in the heart of the appellation, in the La Solitude lieu-dit, just on the western edge of the La Crau plateau, Domaine de la Solitude has been in the Lançon family for generations (the estate was created in the 17th century).  Today, the winemaking reins are in the hands of the young, yet incredibly talented Florent Lançon, who has a green thumb when it comes to growing just about anything (ask to see his greenhouse if you visit!).”  - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition AOC

Châteauneuf-du-Pape RougeChâteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc


Prestigious
Cuvées Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC

Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Barberini” Rouge

Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Barberini” Blanc

Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Réserve Secrète”

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza


La Solitude - Côtes-du-Rhône AOC

Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé  |  Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc  |  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

 

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Domaine de la Solitude - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition AOC

Domaine de la Solitude

The Grapes of Chateauneuf du Pape
A symphony of 13 grape varietals:
A wine of Chateauneuf du Pape has the full power of a symphony. Each sip seems to release the most beautiful sounds. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre are the three grape varieties that are dominant and from which the wine gets its strength and softness, color and solidity.

Then, strange notes, new combinations will appear with the other varieties. Just as minor tones exhale slight nuances, they complete the harmony with light and subtle touches. The pace accelerates, arousing intense bouquets, the pleasure reaches fullness. As these symphonies leave the ear with the impression of their supreme wealth, the symphony of the 13 varieties of grapes inspires a unique passion for exceptional wine: the Chateauneuf du Pape.

The areas of our vineyards - “Appellation d’Origine Controlée” Châteauneuf du Pape

White area - 8 hectares: Roussanne 30%, White Grenache 50%, Clairette 15%, Bourboulenc 5%

Red area - 30 hectares: Red Grenache 60%, Syrah 15%, Cinsault 5%, Mourvèdre 10%. The balance 10% is spread over the other grape varieties of the appellation.

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Blend: 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 15% Mourvédre

Yield: 32 hl/hectare.

Harvest: Hand picking.

Vinification and aging:

  • After a selection of the best bunches by hand on a sorting table, the grapes are crushed and destemmed and fall by gravity in our concrete tanks.
  • Some long maceration with gentle extractions allow to obtain these tannins that are powerful and velvetine as the same time, that is characteristics of our wines.
  • Approximately 25 % of the wine is aged in barrels and demi-muids for 14 months.

Tasting note: Nose, garrigue bouquet, cistus flower, blackcurrant buds, all fresh and balanced on the palate, with aromas of cocoa and cherry, with a long finish of liquorice.

Food and Wine pairing: In its youth, this vintage is perfect to pair with a shoulder of lamb slow roasted in oven, roast pigeon with porcini mushroom, and from its fifth year, stew, Daube Provencal, all game and many cheeses.

Storage: Drink now through 2030

Serving temperature: 60 to 62 F°.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Blend: 40% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne

Yield: 33 hl/hectare. Harvest: hand picking.

Vinification and aging:

  • Sorting the grapes by hand, gentle pressing of champagne type using pneumatic presses.
  • The fermentation and aging are in barrels for Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.
    Clairettes are vinified in temperature controlled vats.
  • Malolactic fermentation is carried out for the Roussanne.
  • This cuvée is age for 40% in barrels, on fine lees, for 10 months.

Tasting note: Complex nose of tropical fruit and brioche. Mouth combining vivacity and smoothness with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and flowers with a very mineral finish.

Food and Wine pairing: Truffle brouillade, grilled fish with sauce, fish tagine, oysters au gratin, lobster, capon with cream and vin jaune, carpaccio of marinated fish.

Storage: Drink now through 2024.

Serving temperature: 50 to 52 F°.

 

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Domaine de la Solitude - Prestigious Cuvées Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC

  • These ‘’cuvées’’ come from a very strict selection of some of the Domaine's best parcels.
  • These cuvées are jewels and are only produced when the vintage allows it.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Barberini” Rouge

Blend: 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre

Cuvée Barberini Red - It is a tribute to our ancestors the Barberini Family, produced when the vintage allows it from a special selection from our domaine, well known for its concentration and its opulence. The modern winemaking style, with optimization of the extraction but without excess, gives a powerful wine with silky tannins. Depending on the vintage, a part more or less is aged 16 months in barrels, and then when the blending is made, is going to spend 6 months in tanks for a perfect integration. Impressive wine, with a significant purity and density, can best be served for tasting between 4 and 15 years at least after the vintage year.

Yield: 30 hl/ha

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification:

  • The grenaches of this wine come from our best parcels of old vine on the famous « galets roulés terroirs ».
  • After manual selection of the best grapes on a sorting table, the grapes are crushed and destemmed before falling by gravity into our fermentation tanks.
  • Long maceration and soft extractions help to get these both powerful and flexible features of our wines.
  • About 60% of this wine is aged in oak barrels and demi-muid for 18 months.

Food and wine pairing: This wine still in its youth is best with red meat like a beautiful rib of beef but also, for instance, an apricot tagine of lamb, duck breast with cherries, then after about ten years a hare “à la royale”

Tasting Note: A delicate nose, mingling aromas of tobacco, violets, cedar and milk chocolate. The mouth is velvety with aromas of liquorice and cherry, with a persistent chocolatey finish.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Barberini” Blanc

Blend: 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache blanc, 10% Clairette.

Cuvée Barberini Blanc- It is a tribute to our ancestors the Barberini Family, produced when the vintage allows it from a special selection of our domaine, well known for its concentration and its opulence.

Yield: 32 hl/ hectare. 2000 bouteilles, 50 magnums

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification:

  • Sorting before pressing, gentle pressing of champenois type, fermentation at 20 ° C in new barrels for Roussanne, in barrels of one year for white Grenache and in tank for Clairette.
  • Malolactic fermentation is carried out for the Roussanne.
  • About 90% of this wine is aged in barrels, on fine lees, with stirring, for 10 months.
  • Stabilization of 6 months in bottles before marketing.

Food and wine pairing: Excellent as an aperitif when young. Brouillade with truffles, pan-fried foie gras, American lobster, vanilla lobster, brandade of cod with truffles, veal with cream and morels, roquefort cheese.

Tasting Note: Complex nose of peach flower, brioche, and oriental pastries. Elegant, rich palate, dominated by citrus marmalade and peach, with a long finish balanced by mineral notes.

Comment of the winemaker: To be tasted right now but a few more years will bring an optimal expression of its terroir aromas. Drink until 2028. Serving temperature: 50 to 52 ° F.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Réserve Secrète”

Blend: 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah

La Réserve Secrète - A blending mainly made from centenary Grenache noire from our best parcels and 25 year old Syrah from our ‘’ Terre longue ‘’, a different terroir but full of promise; from time to time a touch of Mourvèdre is added to it. This wine is the pinnacle of our domaine, the spirit of tradition married to modernity plus the knowledge built by all the generations for several centuries: here lies the secret.

Soil: Sandy with galettes

Vineyard Age: 25-30 years

Yield: 3000 bottles at 25 hl/ha

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification:

  • After careful crushing and destemming, the must passes to our vats for maceration and fermentation.
  • These processes take about one month at carefully controlled temperatures with both daily pumping over and hand plunging of the cap.
  • The resultant product is then pressed, and the free-run juice is separated from the press juice in order to be aged separately.
  • Malolactic fermentation follows shortly after.
  • 60% of the wine for Réserve Secrète is aged in new oak barrels for 12 months.

Suggested food association: Chevreuil in sauce “grand veneur” with a confit of bilberries and chestnuts, duck with wild mushroom sauce, stuffed pigeon, capon with truffles, chocolate, clafoutis of cherries, “comté” cheese.

Tasting Notes: A full-bodied, elegant and refined wine, tannic while remaining velvety smooth with black currant, blackberry, toffee, finishing very long on minerals, milk-jam, Havana cigar and cedar-tree aromas.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza

Blend: 100% Grenache Noir

Vine age: More than 100 years

Yield: 18 hectolitres/hectare, 3000 bottles, 100 magnums

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification:

  • The grapes come from the oldest vineyard of the Domaine, more than 100 year old Grenache.
  • Located on the western slope of ”La Crau“ on a soil of colluvium blending Gallets roulés and Safres.
  • After crushing and partial destemming, the grapes are vinified in our cellars by gravity in truncated concrete vats.
  • Maceration lasting 35 days with soft extractions make it possible to obtain these tannins, both powerful and supple, characteristic of our wines.
  • We aged this vintage 60% in concrete tank and 40% in foudre for 18 months.

Suggested food association: Chevreuil in sauce “grand veneur” with a confit of bilberries and chestnuts, duck with wild mushroom sauce, stuffed pigeon, capon with truffles, chocolate gateau, clafoutis of cherries, “comté” cheese

Tasting Notes: A full-bodied, elegant and refined wine, tannic while remaining velvety smooth with gooseberry, toffee, cinnamon, cardamom and sichuan pepper, finishing very long on the palate.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: Drink now through 2035. Recommended to be decanted 1 hour before enjoyment.

 

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La Solitude - Côtes-du-Rhône AOC

Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé

Blend: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah

Soil: Iron-rich topsoil over clay and limestone

Harvest: Manual

Yield: 40 hl/ha

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification: 

  • Direct pressing, temperature controlled vinification.
  • No malolactic fermentation.
  • Aging in vats, on fine lees, with stirring, for a period of 5 months.
  • Alcohol: 13%

Tasting Note: Beautiful floral aromas lead to a light, fresh palate of fresh cut strawberries. This is the perfect summer rosé.

 

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Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

Blend: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Viognier

Soil: Iron-rich topsoil over clay and limestone

Climate: Mediterranean with mild winters, low rainfall, and hot summers. The dominant wind is Mistral.

Harvest: Manual. The grape bunches are then carefully sorted to remove any unwanted fruit.

Yield: 33 hl/ha

Agricultural: Sustainable

Vinification:

  • After sorting, the grapes are gently pressed with the help of pneumatic presses.
  • Fermentation at 20° C in barrels for the Roussanne and Viognier, temperature- controlled vinification in vats for the others.
  • The malolactic fermentation is blocked for this wine.
  • Aging occurs in barrels, on fine lees, with stirring, for a period of 8 months.

Tasting Note: The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Blanc has a touch more Viognier than in the past, giving it a nice floral component with spiced stone fruit and a lemon/bright citrus backbone. The wine gives weight on the palate due to the Roussanne and Viognier, with a lift of freshness and moderate acidity from the Clairette and depth from the Grenache Blanc.

 

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Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Blend: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

Soil: Iron-rich topsoil over clay and limestone

Agricultural: Sustainable

Alcohol: 14.5%

  • Vinification:
    After sorting, the grape bunches are destemmed, crushed and put into the tanks.
  • Temperature controlled maceration for about one month with daily pumping over and punching down of the cap, followed by pneumatic pressing with separation of the free-run juice from the press juice.
  • The malolactic fermentation occurs soon after the completion of alcoholic fermentation.
  • Aging occurs in vats for a period of 8 months, with wines from the different vineyard parcels and different grape varieties kept separate.
  • Blending does not occur until after the aging period.

Tasting Note: Fresh, clean fruit with elegant tannins, this wine is an ideal dinner party companion. Pairs with charcuterie, cheeses and classic meat stew effortlessly.

 

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