- Bernard Burtschy in Le Figaro über das Weingut allgemein: „Il en résulte un Pessac Leognan très élégant, velouté et charnu, avec la structure du cabernet-sauvignon mais sans rusticité. Il est fruité, tannique, boisé et epicé .“
- 90 Punkte WINESPECTATOR, James Molesworth: "This has a core of lightly steeped damson plum and black cherry fruit, liberally infused with rooibos tea and savory notes. A gentle iron twinge permeates the silky finish and adds length. Drink now through 2030."
- 91 Punkte VINOUS, Neal Martin: "The 2016 Domaine de la Solitude has an attractive nose of brambly red berry fruit laced with melted tar and tobacco aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a little compact but harmonious toward the finish, where hints of fresh fig infuse the vivacious red fruit. Excellent."
- 91 Punkte DECANTER, Jane Anson: "Run by Oliver Bernard and the team at Domaine de Chevalier, this is silky and beautifully rounded with carefully placed tannins. A real success in this vintage and just brilliant value. Not as well known as it should be. Drinking Window 2025 – 2040"
- 92 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK: "Made by the team at Domaine de Chevalier, the 2016 Domaine de la Solitude is a classic Graves effort offering lots of meaty black cherry, tobacco, loamy earth, and underbrush aromatics. Layered, medium-bodied, with good acidity, and an inherent elegance, drink it over the coming 10-15 years. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot."
- 92 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: "This is awash with ripe raspberries and boysenberries, dusted in vanilla, as well as blackberry compote. The palate has a very plush and energetic feel and radiates a sense of freshness and balance. Great care has been taken in every step of making this rising star of quality and value. A blend of 55 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 45 per cent merlot. Try from 2022."
|James Suckling:||92 JS|
|Jeb Dunnuck:||92 JD|
|Appellation:||Graves Pessac Leognan|
|Rebsorte(n):||Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot|
|Reben:||60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet (pure) and 5% Petit Verdot|
|% vol Alk:||13,0|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||"A great wine is always born from a great grape", as Olivier Bernard likes to say. Thanks to a long and meticulous conditioning, the vineyard of La Solitude delivers today, vintage after vintage, grapes rich in both colour and aroma, collected at perfect maturity. In the manner of Chevalier, this last characteristic rests on a very high degree of requirement in terms of sorting of the grape selection. The harvest is done by hand, with small crates, by an oversized team, in order to operate in the quickest of deadlines in conjunction with weather conditions, so as not to "chase the grape harvest". The precision of operations During the sorting of the vine, the visual criteria, which determines the harvest of the white grapes isn't sufficient enough to guarantee the impeccable quality of the red grapes. With regards to the latter, the sorting procedure at the vine is then followed by another selection procedure around a table, after which de-stemming takes place. The grapes, successively sorted bunch by bunch, then grape by grape, are then transported towards the tanks by means of a system comprised of a mobile vat and an electric fork-lift truck, which avoids any pumping and preserves the integrity of the skin of the fruit, which is responsible for the tannins. Olivier Bernard adds: "It is precision which governs the grouping of these operations allowing the wines of La Solitude to avoid the pitfall of rustic simplicity." A natural wine-making process The vinification happens in vats, generally with internal wine yeast (that is to say wine yeast naturally present in our vines), with a moderated temperature base and a measured extraction comparing vintage, grape variety, and fragmentation. The malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrels. The evolution of the Domaine's wines towards a more supported structure, with fine and elegant tannins, authorises the winemaker to increase little by little the proportion of new wood during the raising process, this compliment being carried out via one year old wine barrels. Olivier Bernard states: "The same high standards at Chevalier are also at La Solitude. The purpose here is also to entirely produce a great classical wine expressing the component elements of the terroir... When we arrived at La Solitude, we found ourselves confronted by a merlot wine, fresh and fruity, but lacking in complexity. It was quickly understood that the potential of the terroir was being under-used and that surpassing these standards were conceivable. Thanks to the hot gravel soil of the Domaine, very favourable for maturing the cabernet grape, it was possible to guide the wine definitions towards a deeper, more complex structure, conforming to the very best of the Grand Cru wines of the wine producing region"|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Domaine de la Solitude, 10 route de la Solitude 33650 MARTILLAC|
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