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2016 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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September 24, 2023 - $38



94Wine Enthusiast

Unadorned and pure, this bottling highlights ripe black cherry and cassis flavors. It's juicy and concentrated, edged by piquant hits of black pepper and anise along with fine-grained, persistent tannins.

93The Wine Advocate

Savory notes of clove and leather add nuance to the rich fruit...full-bodied, creamy, lush, plump with red berries and stone fruit and remains fresh and fruit-driven through the long finish.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...notions of ripe strawberries, kirsch, garrigue, and spice. It has everything in the right places, a layered, elegant profile, moderate tannins, and impeccable balance.

92Wine Spectator

A silky, elegant style, with pretty raspberry and damson plum coulis notes gliding through, supported by soft red licorice and rooibos tea accents. The fruit gains depth through the anise-tinged finish.

91Vinous / IWC

Expressive raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied flowers and white pepper. Silky, sweet and lively on the palate, offering juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a subtle touch of bitter chocolate. Shows very good clarity and finishing lift, sneaky tannins and suave, floral-driven persistence.

91James Suckling

Brambly, wild, red berries with mountain herbs and an attractive, perfumed lift. There’s a juicy, fresh and punchy core to the palate with ripe raspberries and boysenberries. Succulent, mellow finish.

15.5Jancis Robinson

Strangely confected oak scent here, which obscures the primary fruit. Very fine tannin, sweetly spiced finish.


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.


2016 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Pierre Lancon