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