Famille Gonnet

Confidentia, La Font du Vent

According to local archives, the Gonnet family settled at Bettarides in the early 17th century but it wasn’t until 1880 that Jean Etienne Gonnet built the farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the Gonnet estate today. This 30-hectare vineyard—adjoining land connected all in one lot—is magnificently situated in the southeast of the Chateauneuf du Pape AOC. The property was practically begging for a winery, which it got in 1950 when Jean’s grandson, Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle.Since 1975 his sons, Jean and Michel, have kept watch over the destiny of the estate and today, their respective sons, Bertrand and Guillaume, continue the Famille Gonnet legacy with enthusiasm and skill. In 2002 the estate expanded with a magnificent 20 hectares of Cotes du Rhone property at Domazan, in the Gard: La Font du Vent. Overseeing both properties is the company Gonnet Pères et Fils, which manages the distribution and export of the Font de Michelle and Font du Vent wines. The company also offers, under its own brand, wines from the Rhone valley that it selects with the utmost care.

Tasting Notes

Notes of red fruits, cherries, spices, and red licorice. A wine to be enjoyed in it’s youth, or aged for 5 to 7 years. A great pairing with game, red meats, cheeses, and spicy foods such as a traditional North African cous cous (France’s most popular meal).


Cultivation

The vines are on a South facing plateau. The soil is made up of round pebbles on the surface, clay, and limestone.


Vinification

The wine is matured totally in wood casks that are used for only 2 to 3 wine maturations.


Aging

The wine is aged 12 months in traditional casks.

APPELLATION

AOC Côtes du Rhône

VARIETAL

Grenache, Syrah

ABV

14.5%

SOIL

Chalky, clay, sandy

PHILOSOPHY

Organic

AVERAGE AGE

25-40 years

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