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Absurd Pricing on Remarkable Rhone Wines!

This is truly a bountiful time for Rhone wines. With outstanding back to back vintages of 2015 and 2016, we and our customers are enjoying these delicious wines for as long as we can. In particular, we have found some fantastic wines from the Southern Rhone, which have turned out to be some of our most popular wines in the store.

The wines of Guillaume Gonnet are a perfect case in point. The quality of the fruit and the depth of flavor really stood out when we tasted these at the store.

The Gonnet family has been in the Rhone since at least 1600. Etienne Gonnet and Jeanne Brunier married and created Font de Michelle in 1950. Today the domaine is being managed by the grandchild of Etienne, Guillaume Gonnet. Before joining his family as 3rd generation winemaker, Guillaume travelled the world working in some of the most famous wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa Valley, New Zealand and finally in Australia where he met his wife, Kelly.

Guillaume and Kelly have purchased several plots in Chateauneuf du Pape. These, along with vines inherited from Guillaume’s family are farmed following biodynamic agricultural principles. The Robin on the label embodies their passion for the terroir and their respect for the health of the vineyards. The wines are well-balanced with supple, approachable tannins and very little wood influence.

Both of these wines are outstanding examples of what can be accomplished by thoughtful winemakers during an outstanding vintage. These are crowd pleasing wines and outstanding values that are not to be missed.

GUILLAUME GONNET 2016 LIRAC LE VIRTUOSE

GUILLAUME GONNET 2016 LIRAC LE VIRTUOSE

The Lirac completely over delivered with stunning black and blue fruits underpinned by a freshness that makes it so drinkable. Priced at what you would expect to pay for a Cotes du Rhone, this is a step up to cru-level quality.

90% Grenache, 10% Syrah; average vine age of 80 years; hillside vineyards above the village vinified in tank and cuve. Rock solid wine, the nose has plenty of black fruits, but there is an underlining of stones and minerality. The palate is well-structured with dense and firm soil components and cracked black pepper notes. The finish is long and powerful, dominated by blue fruits.

$14.95 750ml [351160] GUILLAUME GONNET 2016 LIRAC LE VIRTUOSE


GUILLAIME GONNET 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BEL AMIGUILLAIME GONNET 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BEL AMI

The Chateauneuf du Pape is a fantastic wine and phenomenal value. It is the rare Chateauneuf that provides such pleasure at under $30.00. The fruit is sourced from the famed Croix du Bois and La Crau vineyards with an average age of 50 year old vines. Showing more complexity, richness and lushness on the mid-palate, the finish for this one goes on for a long, long time.

Vinified in a blend of concrete and tank. Beautiful ripe cherries, ripe blue fruits with complex mineral and garrigue flavors. Powerful, plush and ripe middle and finish. Very polished and balanced.

WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah (unusual for the appellation), the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Bel Ami boasts a nose of blueberries, cola and spice. About 2,000 cases will be bottled of this rich, velvety-textured wine."

$29.99 750ml [351161] GUILLAIME GONNET 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BEL AMI