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Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape

April 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Refectory Restaurant
1092 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
$69.95 plus tax & 18% gratuity


Domaine de la Solitude


One of the most significant estates in Chateauneuf du Pape and one of the earliest to estate-bottle, the Lancon family has been producing these wines for many, many decades. They have 75 acres, with most of it situated in the widely renowned rocky plateau in the eastern part of the sector know as La Crau, the hottest, earliest-maturing sector of the appellation.

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Domaine de la Solitude has one of the longest histories in the Rhone Valley. The Barberini family who founded the estate can trace their roots in Chateauneuf du Pape back to the 1604. Before that, the family was well known in their native land of Italy. They were quite an established, or should I say famous family as far back as the 13th century. In fact, Maffeo Barberini became the Pope, using the name of Urbain VIII. Two of the nephews of Maffeo Barberini became Cardinals and moved to Avignon.  That move led the family to wine making in Chateauneuf du Pape.

From there, through marriage and a dowry, what we know of today as Domaine de la Solitude was born. Domaine de la Solitude was one of the larger vineyards in the region by the mid to late 1800’s. At the time, the wine was produced and sold under the name of Vin de la Solitude. It took a few hundred years, but by 1900, the Southern Rhone Valley estate had become so popular, they began to produce, sell and bottle their own wine.

The modern era for Domaine de la Solitude began in the 1970’s when a direct descendant through marriage, Pierre Lancon began managing the estate. That tradition continues today as the estate is managed today by his children, Michel and Jean Lancon.

Join us as we welcome Florent Lancon to the Refectory for an evening of Southern Rhone Wines!


Cellarmaster Wine Events Presents

An Evening with Florent Lancon


Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


$69.95 plus tax & 18% gratuity

Seven Wines, Six Courses

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The Wines

Domaine de la Solitude

2015 Cote-du-Rhone Rose

2014 Cote-du Rhone Blanc

2014 Cote-du-Rhone Rouge

2013 Domaine de la Solitude, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 

Rated 90, Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate

“I always love the whites from this estate, and the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc doesn’t disappoint. Medium-bodied, pure, layered and fruit-forward, it dishes up fabulous white peach, tangerine and hints of flowers on the nose. I don’t think it will make old bones, so plan on drinking this over the coming couple of years.”

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Rated 90, Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate

“A polished, elegant Châteauneuf du Pape, Domaine de la Solitude’s 2012 offers impressive ripeness and depth in its kirsch, blackberry, licorice, spice-box and crushed-flower aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, layered and silky, with terrific polish to its tannin, it is slightly mid-weight, but will evolve gracefully on its balance and overall harmony.”

2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cornelia Constanza

Rated 93 Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cornelia Constanza is 100% Grenache from 80+-year-old vines in the La Crau sector of Chateauneuf du Pape. A very Rayas-like wine, with loads of kirsch liqueur, balsam wood, licorice and lavender, this deep ruby wine exhibits copious quantities of black raspberry and kirsch liqueur notes and delivers a sexy, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, some hefty glycerin (I’m sure the alcohol must be 15% plus) and a long, heady finish. This is stunning Chateauneuf du Pape that comes in every bit as strong as the 2009 from Domaine de la Solitude and slightly less intense and flamboyant than their magnificent 2007. Drink it over the next 15+ years.” 

2001 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barberini Reserve

Rated 93 Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate

“The outstanding 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Barberini (a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged 24 months in 40% small barrels and 60% neutral wood foudres) boasts an inky/ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, melted licorice, graphite, smoke, and truffles. Full-bodied, lush, and expansively flavored, with tremendous purity as well as density, this brilliant 2001 is already starting to strut its stuff. Anticipated maturity: now-2017.”

 The Menu

Grilled Capon Breast Crostini, Green Peppercorn Remoulade

Braised Portabella & Corsican Feta Cheese Tartelette


Compari Tomato & Montrachet Feuillete with Red Bell Pepper Flan, Chive Oil


Boudin Noir Stuffed & Roasted Duck Magret, Coq au Vin Style Sauce, Poached Fresh Fig


Oxtail Balotinne Mi-meurette with Chestnut & Celery Root, Cepe Bordelaise


Petit Four