2016 - Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Font de Michelle
Colour
Red
Producer
Font de Michelle
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
Drinking
2024 - 2038
Case size
6x150cl
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2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVÉE ETIENNE GONNET FONT DE MICHELLE - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Font de Michelle
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
Drinking
2024 - 2038
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £600.00 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2017

    Perched on the top of the plateau in lieu dit La Crau, neighbouring the vines of Vieux Télégraphe (in fact, Guillaume’s grandmother was a Brunier) is an abundance of old vines. Grenache aged between 100 and 120 years old make up 65% of the blend, with the rest sourced from old Syrah vines (20%) and 15% Mourvèdre. The plateau’s clay base and pudding stone pebbles on the surface help the vines reach optimal ripeness, so that in the ideal growing conditions of a year like 2016, an exquisite expression of Châteaneuf is achieved. The wine is intensely perfumed, with a deep core of ripe berry fruits and tempting, minty acidity.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2017,
    Score: 94-96

    Just as with the regular cuvée, we tasted several different lots and then the prospective blend. One standout was the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, a blend of Grenache and Counoise from La Crau. Tasted from a 600-liter demi-muid, it showed tremendous perfume and lush fruit. The blend, of which approximately 1,250 cases will be produced, features black cherries and tons of spice, plenty of body and chocolaty notes on the long, dusty finish. Drink Date 2020 - 2035

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, November 2017,
    Score: 93 – 95

    The star of the shows is unquestionably the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Etienne Gonnet, which is largely Grenache from the famed La Crau plateau. Note destemmed and brought up in tank, this sensational looking 2016 gives up tons of blackberries, currants, dried earth and peppery garrigue-like aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, lots of minerality, impeccable balance and an underlying sense of elegance, it will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink nicely for a decade.

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Producer

Font de Michelle

Until recent this substantial estate owned by the Gonnet family had been known as Font de Michelle. The Font de Michelle lieu dit is a large parcel in the southeast of the Châteauneu du Pape appellation, named after the natural water source found there. Due to a recent legislative change that means there is no protection for the name of Font de Michelle – because the lieu dit is farmed by numerous vignerons – the family have taken the decision to rebrand. The style of winemaking, however, remains an impeccable as it ever was. Guillaume Gonnet has taken up the reins from his parents with impressive assurance. He guides the domaine with a combination of modern innovation and respect for tradition. The estate does not push alcoholic maturity, and the gentle pumping over of mostly destemmed fruit results in well-balanced wines with appealing juicy fruit. The domaine makes a number of cuvées in Châteauneuf. In some years the estate makes a Cuvée Etienne Gonnet, which is both homage to Guillaume’s grandfather as well as the 100+ year old Grenache vines that grow on the plateau, La Crau.

Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

The emperor of southern Rhône appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape was the first A.O.C. in all of France, created in 1936. Their bottle is unique embossed with the papal coat of arms. Thirteen varieties (14 if Grenache Blanc is counted separately) can be incorporated in the blend. The reds include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, while the whites are Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Only a handful of producers use all 13, Grenache often being the highest percentage of the blend. This enables each producer to highlight the varieties that are the ripest and most interesting in any given year. Most Châteauneuf du Pâpes are master examples of wines that can be approachable within the first few years of release yet able to develop superb complexity during many years of cellaring.