Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf du Pape 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de la Solitude|
Moving to the reds and based on 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault and Counoise, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape shows the vintage beautifully with its upfront, Provençal, incredibly charming personality. Loaded with ripe cherry and more red berry fruits as well as plenty of peppery garrigue and spice, it's medium-bodied and has light tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. It's already impossible to resist, and I suspect it will be best enjoyed over the coming 10-12 years.
Solitude's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault, aged in a combination of barriques, demi-muids, foudres and concrete (only one-fourth went into wood). For the vintage, it shows a fair bit of structure, with fine-grained tannins framing notes of black cherries, dark chocolate and various dried spices. Medium to full-bodied, it's not the biggest wine of the vintage but is a nicely balanced, reasonably traditional example of Châteauneuf du Pape.