Domaine de la Solitude

Domaine de la Solitude Reserve Secrete

France, Rhône


Domaine de la Solitude Reserve Secrete

Eight generations have managed this land in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This black and red fruited wine with notes of toast and vanilla from barrel comprises 65% whole cluster Grenache and 35% de-stemmed Syrah. Vinified in concrete tanks, nearly all the wine is aged in French oak barrels. Ideal with beef bourguignon.

WBSS24 Domaine de la Solitude Reserve Secrete 2019

Grenache and Syrah Origins

The Grenache is from the oldest part of the Domaine de la Solitude, now managed by the great-grandfather of Florent Lançon, the eighth generation to manage this land in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Planted at the beginning of last century, it is located on the western slope of La Crau Plateau on a terroir of sandy marl. The Syrah flourishes on the fresh soil of Safres des Blachières. The blend is 65% centennial black Grenache and 35% Syrah. These two great terroirs are always vinified separately but only in great vintages, (five out of the last ten) is Réserve Sècret created. 

Vinification and Aging Process

Harvesting is done by hand in 25kg crates. After a double selection of the best bunches in the vineyard and on a sorting table, the grapes are vinified; whole cluster for the Grenache whilst the Syrah is de-stemmed. Vinification takes place in concrete tanks. The wine is carefully aged for 18 months, 90% of it in barrels. The barrels, of exceptional quality, are made from Colbert oak from the french forest of Tronçais. The wine is then blended and left to rest in large foudre for 15 months before being bottled without filtration or fining. Just 1,200 bottles and 150 magnums were produced from the 2019 vintage.


Red ruby colour. The nose shows some red fruit and black pepper spices with toasted and vanilla notes from the barrel. On the palate; black fruit, herbaceous notes, grippy tannins, warming alcohol and good acidity.


The warmth of the alcohol and herbaceous undercurrent would really suit beef bourguignon or other braised red meats in rich sauces.


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WBSS24 Domaine de la Solitude Reserve Secrete 2019

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