The terroir of La Solitude is a magical combination of natural and human elements.
Here, the plants grow in an area in which every living thing has a role to play: the wildlife and natural vegetation, the vines, and the people. A great wine is created by the vines, without artifice, and tells the story of their setting.
Here the large majority of work is done by hand. The men and women who look after the Estate, with respect for our traditions, all contribute to our quest for excellence. We are proud of what we do, while staying humble and listening to the earth in order to get back to what really matters: preserving and improving what nature has to offer.
Our plots of wines have been cultivated for centuries, sometimes too harshly, but today they are part of a bigger picture. The idea of growing vines alone is a thing of the past. Today, our plots are bordered by olive and fruit trees, and bee hives and pastoralism are back to stay.
Ever since, the earth of our Estate is nourished by this diversity and it enriches our wines.
The art of taking time
Our Estate is several hundred years old and time has always passed to the rhythm of the seasons. We consider the future generations by planting vineyards that will produce the great wines of tomorrow. We wait for the grapes to reach optimal ripeness and harvest them according to simple, timeless gestures. We are patient and allow the time necessary to age our wines to perfection, an endeavour that needs to be reinvented year after year, producing great vintages which are a point of communion between different timescales.
The Wine Estate “Domaine de la Solitude” belongs to one of the oldest families of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose roots go back to the 15th century. In the 17th century, Hélène BARBERINI, a descendant of the illustrious Tuscan family of the same name, married Claude MARTIN, owner of a vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their grandson would give a huge boost to “La Solitude” by creating the first label for the Appellation. Thus, “le Vin de la Solitude” became a symbol of quality and began to be exported, allowing a great terroir to come into its own. Eight generations later the Estate is still a family affair and is now run by Florent LANÇON.
The BARBERINI family reigned in Rome for two decades. Matteo BARBERINI was elected as pope Urban VIII and appointed his family members to the most senior positions of the Curia (Cardinals, Prefect of Rome, etc.), greatly enriching the family and arousing the jealousy of other notable Roman families. When Pope Urban VIII died in 1644, these families forced the BARBERINI lineage to flee to France.
From the 15th century the MARTIN family, already established in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, were the owners of a dispersed vineyard. Hélène BARBERINI married Claude MARTIN and their son married Françoise DELOUME who brought “La Solitude” with her as a dowry.
Their descendant Paul MARTIN gave the vineyard a real boost. His diary is a precious testimony to his work and contains explicit details about his methods of growing vines, the costs and the results. He was one of the first to sell his wine in bottles and organised the sale of his harvests as far afield as England under the name “Vin de La Solitude” (the notion of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape did not yet exist).
Sadly, this incredibly visionary winegrower died young, preventing him from really seeing the fruit of his life’s work. Since then, by a strange coincidence, the property has been always been passed down from daughter to daughter.
His daughter Rosalie MARTIN married another MARTIN known as MARTIN–MORICELLY because of the homonymy. He fought with Napoleon and was awarded the cross of the Legion of Honour for his bravery in the battle of Waterloo.
His family descended from the artist Philippe SAUVAN, who perfected his painting skills in Avignon and whose works can be seen in the city’s CALVET Museum. Their daughter Elodie married Paul VIGNEAU, Secretary of the School of Medicine of Marseille.
Their daughter Marie VIGNEAU married Albert JACOB who worked as a doctor of law in Paris but who chose to retire in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The fact that the owners had moved away, and the phylloxera catastrophe, had put the vineyard in jeopardy. But once he returned Albert JACOB set about righting the situation and getting it back to its past greatness.
His daughter married Pierre LANÇON who continued to strive for this return to glory. Two of their children, Michel and Jean, joined him in the 1970s. A few years later, feeling that he had passed on to them his expertise and experience, he left them in charge of the Estate. From 1999, driven by the desire to go even further in the expression of their terroirs, they decided to create new cuvées: Barberini and Réserve. These wines show their determination to take the quality of the wines to the very highest spheres
THE NEW GENERATION
Since 2008, the eighth generation represented by Florent Lançon, Michel’s son, continues the work begun three centuries earlier, following in his family’s footsteps and under its benevolent watch. In 2012, we created the “Maison Famille Lançon”, which markets the wines of the “Domaine de la Solitude” as well as a selection of Rhone Valley wines.
From generation to generation, the Estate has been handed down in a spirit of love and sharing.
Some lands seem to be touched by the hand of the gods, and the Domaine de La Solitude is one of them. Fashioned by the sun of Provence and the force of the warm Mistral wind, it is mainly made up of terroirs of safre and rounded pebbles.
La Solitude comprises 37 hectares in A.O.C Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyard is tended according to organic farming principles. The grape types reflect the history of Châteauneuf-du-Pape since the thirteen traditional varietals are grown in the vineyard.
The Estate is divided into 33 parcels. They are planted in 2 areas, 33 ha around the Estate and 4 ha to the north of the AOC. The Estate begins on the plateau of “La Crau”, the high terraces next to the Rhône, and descends into the “Valley of La Solitude”, with its soil of safre, before rising again onto the high terrace of the “Plateau du Boucoup”. Our terroirs are a harmonious mixture of safre and rounded pebbles.
In addition to this natural wealth, we are particularly attentive to the plants themselves. If, in a terroir, the soil, the exposure to the elements, and the cultivation techniques play an important role, we should not forget that it is the diversity and the quality of each vine that allows us to transcend the gift that nature offers us. The principal varietals for the red wines are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, and for the white wines they are Clairette, la Roussanne, and Grenache blanc.
WINESWhen you enjoy the wines “Famille Lançon” you are also discovering the fruit of a long labour of love,
sharing a family’s passion for the vine, and a philosophy of life: a philosophy of Wine.
The Estate is situated in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the western edge of the “La Crau Plateau”, and extends over 37 hectares, divided into 33 parcels. Discover our AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvées, the fruit of our know-how and high standards in every aspect of winemaking.
In 2012, we created the “ Famille Lançon” signature, which markets the wines of the “Domaine de la Solitude” as well as a selection of Rhone Valley wines. Discover our AOC Côtes du Rhône wines.
COME AND VISIT US
We will be delighted to welcome you to come and discover our Estate and our wines.
Our doors are open from Monday to Friday between 9am and midday and 1pm and 5pm.
Ideally, to enable us to give you the very best welcome, we would appreciate your notifying us of your visit beforehand by calling us on the phone or sending us an e-mail.
Domaine de la Solitude
84230 Châteauneuf du Pape