Domaine Font de Michelle

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The Gonnet family have been in the area of Châteauneuf du Pape since 1600 but it was until 1950 that the family commenced the cultivatation of vines. Etienne Gonnet purchased vineyards on the south east area of Châteauneuf du Pape which he combined with his wife, Jeanne’s vineyards (inherited from the Brunier family of Vieux Télégraphe) and Domaine Font-de-Michelle was born. The property is now run by Etienne and Jeanne’s grandsons, Guillaume and Bertrand. The domaine cultivate 30 ha (75 acres) of vines in Châteauneuf du Pape and 20 ha of vines in the Gard including AOC Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages Sinargues which is sold under the Font du Vent label.

The terroir of Châteauneuf du Pape is mostly on sandy and rocky soils which produces a concentrated but silky red wine style which is very much the hallmark of Font du Michelle. The sandy soil also provides wonderful freshness to their Châteauneuf du Pape white wine.

The domaine has worked organically for many years but it was not until Guillaume and Bertrand took over the reins from their fathers they opted for Organic registration. They have also adapted biodynamic practices on parcels of their oldest vines to prolong their longevity. The oldest vines are 120 years old and are located on a raised plateau where there is a little more clay giving wines of even greater intensity.

The Châteauneuf du Pape reds are fermented in large upright oak casks (“Foudres”) and pyramidal concrete vats. They opt for a gentle extraction of tannin and colour. Grenache is matured in concrete and foudres, whereas Syrah and Mouvèdre are matured in used 600 litre oak barrels (“demi-muids”).

From 2016, the wines are sold under the “Font du Vent” label.

Wine Details

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Châteauneuf du Pape White: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Fermented and aged in stainless. Ageing potential: Up to 15 years.

Font du Vent Côtes du Rhône Rosé: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Fermented and aged in stainless. Ageing potential: Up to 3 years.

Font du Vent Côtes du Rhône “Les Promesses”: Majority with Syrah and little Cinsault and Carignan. Fermented and aged in stainless. Ageing potential: Up to 4 years.

Font du Vent Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues “Notre Passion”: Grenache and Syrah. Fermented and aged in stainless. Ageing potential: Up to 8 years.

Châteauneuf du Pape: Majority Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre and other varieties. Fermented and matured in concrete large oak casks and used smaller oak barrels. Ageing potential: Up to 20 years.

Châteauneuf du Pape “Cuvée Etienne Gonnet”: Majority very old vine Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Fermented and matured in concrete large oak casks and used smaller oak barrels. Ageing potential: Up to 25 years.

Châteauneuf du Pape “Cuvée Elégance de Jeanne”: Very old vine Grenache. Fermented and matured in concrete large oak casks. Ageing potential: Up to 25 years.

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Listed below: Two in USA; Two in UK

USA

Wine.com

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Wines are sold under the “Font du Vent label

Côtes du Rhône “Les Promesses” White

Côtes du Rhône “Les Promesses” Red

Châteauneuf du Pape “Tradition” White

Châteauneuf du Pape “Tradition” Red

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Wine Library

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Châteauneuf du Pape “Tradition” Red

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Domaine Franey

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Châteauneuf du Pape “Tradition” Red

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font de michelle tradition bottle
font de michelle tradition bottle