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About Domaine de la Solitude

The Lançon family, owners of Domaine de la Solitude, descend directly from the 12th Century Barberini family of Rome.

The best known of the family, Maffeo Barberini, was a papal nuncio, or diplomatic representative, in Paris from 1604 to 1606, and was made Pope in Rome under the name Pope Urban VIII.

Two of his nephews became cardinals and a part of the family then settled down in Avignon. In the 1980s, brothers Michel and Jean Lançon took the future of Domaine de la Solitude in their hands, focusing attention on the vineyards.

Over the past several years, Michel’s son Florent Lançon has taken over the day-to-day operations of Domaine de la Solitude, continuing to make improvements while preserving the traditions of his father and uncle.

“Located in the heart of the appellation, in the La Solitude lieu-dit, just on the western edge of the La Crau plateau, Domaine de la Solitude has been in the Lançon family for generations (the estate was created in the 17th century).  Today, the winemaking reins are in the hands of the young, yet incredibly talented Florent Lançon, who has a green thumb when it comes to growing just about anything (ask to see his greenhouse if you visit!).”  – Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

La Solitude Côtes du Rhône wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines


The Grapes of Chateauneuf du Pape

A symphony of 13 grape varietals:
A wine of Chateauneuf du Pape has the full power of a symphony. Each sip seems to release the most beautiful sounds. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre are the three grape varieties that are dominant and from which the wine gets its strength and softness, color and solidity.

Then, strange notes, new combinations will appear with the other varieties. Just as minor tones exhale slight nuances, they complete the harmony with light and subtle touches. The pace accelerates, arousing intense bouquets, the pleasure reaches fullness. As these symphonies leave the ear with the impression of their supreme wealth, the symphony of the 13 varieties of grapes inspires a unique passion for exceptional wine: the Chateauneuf du Pape.

The areas of our vineyards – “Appellation d’Origine Controlée” Châteauneuf du Pape

White area – 8 hectares: Roussanne 30%, White Grenache 50%, Clairette 15%, Bourboulenc 5%

Red area – 30 hectares: Red Grenache 60%, Syrah 15%, Cinsault 5%, Mourvèdre 10%. The balance 10% is spread over the other grape varieties of the appellation.