[Cellar Talks] S02E02 Domaine de la Solitude

On Friday the 12th of February we are joined by Florent Lancon from Domaine de la Solitude for another edition of our talk show “Cellar Talks”. Florent will join us to talk about his career in wine, the family winery Domaine de la Solitude, their great wines and the Rhone region.

About Domaine de la Solitude

Domaine de la Solitude is situated in the Rhone region, to be exactly in the famous A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

La Solitude belongs to one of the oldest families of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their history goes back to the 15th century. In the 17th century, Hélène, descendant of the illustrious Italian family Barberini, married Claude Martin, owner of a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their grandson, in the 18th century, Paul-Clair-Agapet Martin gives a phenomenal breakthrough to the property and allowed the property to flourish. Forward-thinker, he created the first label in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Vin de la Solitude becomes a sign of quality, and is already exported. A great terroir is affirmed.

Six generations later, Michel and Jean Lançon manage the vineyard and Florent, Michel’s son, under the benevolent eye of the family, takes the leadership of the domain. From generation to generation, the transmission of the domain has always taken place with love and generosity.

La Solitude stretches over 37 hectares in A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The domain begins on “La Crau“, high terraces of the Rhône and then descends into the valley of la Solitude. Shaped by the sun of Provence and the strength of the mistral, it is a patchwork of terroirs ranging from sandy soils (safres) to clay and pebbles (galets roulés).

The vineyard managed in organic agriculture is planted with massales selections. The vines bear the history of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the thirteen grape varieties are cultivated there. The main grape varieties for red wines are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and for white wines Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache blanc.

We are looking forward to talking to Florent and learning from his background, experiences and the Domaine. Be sure to tune in on Instagram Live through our Dutch Wine Apprentice account on Friday the 12th of February, 19:30h CET.

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You can find a link to the recording of the show here.