Les Promesses, Domaine Font du Vent Rouge
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. For over 30 years their concern has been to improve on wine making methods, to develop full-bodied wines that are concentrated, refined, and through which the estate’s renowned terroir can reach its full expression. 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.
Light spice compliments a bouquet of red fruits, anise, currants and garrigue. Medium bodied and wonderfully drinkable.
The vines are North facing while the soil consists of light clay and limestone soil in terraces. Hand picked harvest.
There are 15 to 20 days of fermentation and maceration.
Aged 12 months in stainless steel and concrete vats.