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The Society's 150th Anniversary Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

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A unique blend to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, made by the Gonnet family of the great Châteauneuf domaine of Font de Michelle. 2016 was a great vintage here, and nearly ten years on this is ripe, full-flavoured and complex yet retains incredible freshness, lifting the aroma and soft, round and satisfying finish. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £39.00 Bottle
Price: £234.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: RH49861

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2033
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

The Font de Michelle estate was created by Etienne Gonnet in 1950. His sons, Jean and Michel took charge after him and now their own sons Bertrand and Guillaume have taken over in their turn. For this wine, made to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, Guillaume and Bertrand proposed a grenache-dominated blend including fruit from some of the oldest vines on the estate from the ‘lieu-dit’ vineyard of Font de Michelle itself, including a plot of 100-year-old grenache.

Domaine Font de Michelle

The Font de Michelle estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape was created by Etienne Gonnet in 1950. His sons, Jean and Michel took charge after him and now their own sons Bertrand and Guillaume have taken over in their turn.

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.

JancisRobinson.com

From a great vintage, this has weight, fruit sweetness and a plump texture but cut with herbal notes on the palate and a distinct mineral line. Complex and classy, drinking very well now.

Andy Howard MW

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