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Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2003

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Domaine Font de Michelle:
According to local archives, the Gonnet family has been settled at Bédarrides since 1600… In 1880 Jean Etienne Gonnet built the farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the estate today. His grandson, Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle in 1950. This 30 hectare vineyard - adjoining land connected all in one lot - is magnificently situated in the southeast of the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC... Read more
According to local archives, the Gonnet family has been settled at Bédarrides since 1600… In 1880 Jean Etienne Gonnet built the farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the estate today. His grandson, Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle in 1950. This 30 hectare vineyard - adjoining land connected all in one lot - is magnificently situated in the southeast of the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC. A mayor of Bédarrides from 1952 until 1964, Etienne Gonnet was an example of perseverance and rigour in his day. Since 1975 his sons, Jean and Michel, have kept watch over the destiny of the estate. For over 30 years their concern has been to improve on wine making methods, to develop full-bodied wines that are concentrated, refined and through which the ‘terroir’ can express all of its qualities and thus, in so doing, elevate the estate’s renown to its highest level. Today, their respective sons, Bertrand and Guillaume, bestow their enthusiasm and skill, in turn. In 2002 the estate expanded with a magnificent 20 ha Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Signargues property situated at Domazan in the Gard - La Font du Vent. Parallel to both properties, the limited liability company, Gonnet Pères et Fils, sees to the distribution of the Font de Michelle and Font du Vent wines for the export market. The company also offers, under its own brand, wines from the Rhône valley that it selects with the utmost care. Read less

External Reviews for Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Red-ruby. Deeper, sweeter, more complex nose features spicy redcurrant, violet pastille, game and underbrush. Dense, sweet and highly concentrated, but with the firm acid structure of the vintage. Finishes very long, with tongue-dusting but fine tannins.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Dramatic increases in concentration, structure, and intensity are found in the opaque ruby/plum/purple-hued 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Etienne Gonnet. Aromas of licorice, seaweed, black pepper, plums, figs, black currants, and cherries emerge from this full-bodied, dense, opulent red. With high glycerin and alcohol, but low acidity, this is a sumptuous, full-throttle Chateauneuf du Pape to cellar for 1andndash;2 years, and consume over the following 12andndash;15. It is somewhat reminiscent of the glorious 1990, which is drinking splendidly well.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1,000 case cuvee of 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Etienne Gonnet (a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre) reveals a saturated dark ruby/garnet color. The nose has intense aromas of blackberry jam intertwined with cherries, garrigue, pepper, and smoke. It is an outstanding effort made in a modern style, but with plenty of the region's typicity. This sexy, full-bodied, layered wine can be drunk now and over the next 12+ years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Made in homage to Etienne Gonnet, the founder of the estate, this wine is only produced in top years (there was no 2002, for example). Old vines give great concentrated fruit, dominated by the ripe, earthy Grenache, with a touch of sophistication from Syrah and Mourvedre. This is well-made wine, ripe, delicious and likely to age.



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