Domaine De La Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Red 2016  £32.95


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DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION RED

Domaine de la Solitude belongs to one of the most ancient families native from Chateauneuf du Pape. In France as early as the 15th century, the Martin's traces can be found, but in Italy they go further back up to the ancient but just as renowned illustrious Barberini. François Barberini, born in Tuscany in 1264, lived in Provence for a few years. The best known, Maffeo Barberini apostolic nuncio in Paris from 1604 to 1606, was made Pope in Rome under the name of URBAIN VIII. Two of his nephews became cardinals and a part of the family then settled down in Avignon. They were not well remembered in Rome. They were accused of destroying antique monuments to recycle construction materials in order to build their luxurious palace.

Tasting the Domaine de la Solitude wine, is discovering the result of a long and hard work of the land, it is to share a family passion for the vineyard, a philosophy of life: a philosophy of wine.

There are lands blessed by God’s hand. Domaine de la Solitude probably belongs to these chosen lands. Previously covered by the Mediterranean Sea and then by the Rhone, these lands have kept a mineral signature made of stones and pebbles polished by the waters’ flow. Chateauneuf du Pape’s terroir also benefits from a Mediterranean climate, dry and hot in summer where the ‘’Mistral’’ play its part in keeping the vineyard in a good sanitary state.

This Chateauneuf du Pape red wine ‘’tradition’’ is mainly a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and a light note of Cinsault. These wines are full bodied, rich textured and soft at the same time able to change according to the vintage from sweet black fruits, red fruits, exotic fruits, kirsch, ripe plum mixed with spice notes, leather and smoked: a rich style with mouth finals long and heady. Wines made for aging but can be drunk from their fourth year up to their fifteenth year and often longer for the best vintages.

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