La Josephine, 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.
Red fruits, spice, licorice, soft, elegant tannins, pure Provencal aromas of “garrigue”, local herbs, kirsch, fig, cassis, stewed blackberries, black olive tapenade, leather and tobacco.
The vines are situated on a plateau near the village, with a southern exposition. The soil is a mix of limestone and clay. Hand picked harvest.
Vinification occurs over 25 days.
Aging takes place in concrete tanks.