Matthew Jukes reviews three Châteauneuf-du-Papes from Domaine de la Solitude in MoneyWeek:
My featured estate 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, its white sibling 2018 Châteauneuf-du Pape Blanc, and the red super-cuvée 2015 Châteauneuf-du Pape, Cuvée Barberini are quite simply the finest releases from this much-overrated appellation I have tasted in aeons. The grandeur, complexity and depth and accuracy of fruit shown by each and every wine took my breath away and I even went back for another look because I couldn’t believe the effect they had on my senses. The white is every inch a diva with richness and indulgence on the peach blossom-kissed nose, but it is the palate, which brings this exuberance under control with deft acidity and a dramatic pinch of minerality which made me gasp. The two reds offer masses of impact on the nose, but the flavours are honed, mellow, super-long and with no trace of unwanted coarseness or gruffness which so many wines in this region, incorrectly, think ought to be part of the experience. The estate wine is drinking perfectly already and it is staggering value for money when you consider the depth and nobility of its stance on your senses. Barberini is flashy, full, swaggering and memorable, but it doesn’t overplay its hand, keeping the oak and alcohol in perfect harmony with the lusty fruit. Do not miss out on these epic wines.