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Phenomenal Chateauneuf-du-Pape made from very old vines. Pricier than the usual supermarket rubbish, but worth every single penny.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone
14.5% ABV.
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah


Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

A red and black fruit bouquet, of cherries and blackberries, a hint of garrigue, liquorice and spice. A fine wine. This wine will open up beautifully if decantered at least 1 hour before serving.

About the wine:

The vines for this Chateauneuf-du-Pape are very old averaging 50 to 90 years old and planted at a density of 3500 vines per HA on a South East facing vineyard. The soils is made up of round pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone.

All the grapes are carefully hand harvested, before sorting and partial de-stemming. The grapes are gently pressed before vinification and ageing in various types of container. 30% pyramid shaped concrete vats, 30% wooden vats, 30% stainless steel, 10% demi muids (600L) barrels. None of the oak used in the ageing is new oak.

About the producer:

Created by Guillaume Gonnet and his Australian wife Kelly, the Guillaume Gonnet estate was established in 2006. Before joining his family as 3rd generation winemaker, Guillaume travelled the world working in some of the most famous wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Napa Valley, New Zealand and finally in Australia where he met Kelly.

One of the first conversations the couple had was a long discussion about "terroir" and it's expression in wine. Guillaume has always been fascinated by the notion of "terroir", most notably about how the Southern Rhône varietals express themselves in diverse terroir.

Guillaume Gonnet wines are the realisation of their dream to explore the potential of Southern Rhône grape varietals in varying terroir around the world. Guillaume and Kelly purchased their own plots of Chateauneuf du Pape in 2015. With their vines, Guillaume continues to produce wine that reflects his philosophy for winemaking - Minimal interference with the "terroir effect" by following biodynamic agricultural principals, ensuring the wine is right blend of Southern Rhone varietals Grenache, Syrah and Mouvèdre, to attain complexity, balance and soft, elegant tannins and following an approach to aging using very little wood influence.

The wines display typicity - the characteristics and qualities of wines produced from these exceptional regions, with a softness and elegance that are the signature style of Guillaume Gonnet wines.

The Robin, a small bird that can often be found in their vineyard, embodies all that drives the creation of these wines - dreams, liberty, and terroir.

Food match:

The Bel Ami Chateauneuf-du-Pape would be an ideal match for any game, red meat, pork or spicy sausage. This is a versatile wine, drinking beautifully now, but with the capability to age for 10-15 years and mature very nicely. 

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