91 Pts Wine Spectator
"Ripe and smoky, with raspberry, plum sauce, truffle and violet notes that run through a round, fleshy finish. Nice minerality stretches it out. Drink now through 2022. 6,665 cases made." 91 Points - Wine Spectator
"This is the principal cuvee of Domaine Font de Michelle. The vines used for the elaboration of this cuvee are, on average, 45 years old. The blend of grape varieties consists of: 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% other grape types such as Cinsault, Counoise, Terret or Muscardin."
"The fermentation process is traditional. The wine is matured in large old barrels called âfoudresâ and smaller-size oak futs, or casks that are used for only 2 to 5 wine maturations. The resulting wine can be left to age for a long time."
"Chalky-clay soil covered for the most part with round pebbles (alpine diluvium). The pebbles hold the heat of the day and diffuse it to the vine stock during the night. This is an arid earth where the vine roots have to go down very deep to find the elements that they need to survive. The climate is very important; very little rain, a mistral wind that is often violent and which cleans up and allows for a good concentration of grapes at harvest time, plus an exceptional amount of sunlight (an average 1000 hours of sunshine in summer â 7 hours at 25Â°C)."
"An emblematic land of ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape, Font de Michelle is made up of many place names: Font de Michelle, La Crau, La Pierre PlantÃ©e, Chartreuse, Croix de bois. As the archives state, Font de Michelle had been planted with vines under Napoleon 1st and certainly well before. Numerous Roman pottery shards and amphorae found on the site lie in silent witness."
"According to local archives, the Gonnet family has been settled at BÃ©darrides since 1600â¦ In 1880 Jean Etienne Gonnet built the farmhouse that serves as the headquarters of the estate today."
"His grandson, Etienne Gonnet, created Font de Michelle in 1950. This 30 hectare vineyard - adjoining land connected all in one lot - is magnificently situated in the southeast of the ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape AOC. A mayor of BÃ©darrides from 1952 until 1964, Etienne Gonnet was an example of perseverance and rigour in his day."
"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 âterroirâ can express all of its qualities and thus, in so doing, elevate the estateâs renown to its highest level."
This wine was also scored 87 points by Robert Parker and 86 point by the International Wine Cellar.