The Font de Michelle estate was created by Etienne Gonnet in 1950 in the south-eastern corner of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. His sons, Jean and Michel are in charge with their own sons Guillaume and Bertrand now active on the estate and poised in turn to take over.
Font means ‘fountain’ or in this case ‘spring’; in other words, a sure guarantee of the presence of water in this arid land. The vineyards are very low yielding and most of the work is done by hand, using no artificial fertiliser or insecticides. A more modern approach is taken in the cellar in order to make softer, rounder wines.
Everything is destemmed, as woody elements can create hard herbaceous flavours in the wine. Maceration is gentle under rigorous temperature control. The wines are raised in oak for 18 months, part foudres and part barrel.
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