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2012 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape

ITEM 8233606 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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7 $45
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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Silky in feel and very long, with lovely raspberry and boysenberry coulis flavors that glide through, flecked with anise, rooibos tea and well-roasted sandalwood notes. The long finish lets everything drape gracefully. Very suave.

91The Wine Advocate

...forward, supple and sexy beauty that has medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black cherry and framboise fruit, background notes of licorice and spice, and a layered, ripe, pleasure bent style.

90Vinous / IWC

Ripe dark berry and floral pastille aromas and flavors... Round and seamless in texture, with hints of licorice and cola emerging on the back half. Finishes long and smooth, with building sweetness and supple tannins coming up late.

16Jancis Robinson

Black cherry, sweet spice, soft texture and rounded tannin.

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.

VINTAGE

2012 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Pierre Lancon