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2018 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Cornelia Constanza

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ITEM 8102954 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$85
Item Sold Amount Date
I8107692 1 $85 Feb 6, 2022
I8102953 1 $85 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

...notes of black cherries and licorice mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is ripe and welcoming without going over the top...tannins are supple and silky. Dense and concentrated, this is serious stuff, with awesome length on the slightly chocolaty, spice-inflected finish.

95Vinous / IWC

Ripe, smoke-tinged red/blue fruits, potpourri, incense and exotic spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet boysenberry, blackberry and floral pastille flavors sharpened by vibrant mineral and white pepper flourishes. Shows the richness of the vintage but comes off lively and delivers strong floral thrust on the extremely long finish, which is framed by smooth, well-knit tannins.

95Wine Enthusiast

Blossomy in perfume and edged with silk, it's a scintillating expression of summer raspberries and strawberry preserves. A mineral crush and hints of fresh thyme and violet linger on the finish.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur, herbes de Provence, licorice, loamy soil, and assorted spices. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and a great finish...

93Wine Spectator

Stylish and elegant, with perfumed sandalwood and tea notes leading the way for gentle-edged raspberry and plum coulis flavors. Ends with a subtle woodspice hint on the finish.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.