Jean et Michelle Gonnet La Font du Vent Cotes du Rhone Villages Sinargues Rouge Cuvee Notre Passion 2008
The Font du Vent estate is owned by the Gonnet family, owners of Domaine Font de Michelle in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The property holdings of the family were first enlarged over 60 years ago when vigneron Etienne Gonnet married Mademoiselle Brunier of the neighboring property, Vieux Telegraphe. Today the domaine is run by brothers Michel and Jean (grandsons of Etienne) along with their two sons Bertrand and Guillaume. They continue to add vineyards to the family's holdings and have just purchased La Font du Vent in the village of Domazan.
Located on the western side of the Rhone River just below the appellation of Tavel, the vineyards of Domazan are classified as Cotes du Rhone Villages. Michel and Jean are really working these new vineyards, leaf-pulling, and crop-thinning to keep yields well below appellation's limits. The hand-harvested fruit is handled with the same meticulous care as in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and is vinified in their gravity-fed winery in Bedarrides. An equal blend of Grenache and Syrah, Notre Passion is harvested at 35 hl/ha (the same required for Chateauneuf-du-Pape). A powerful and intense wine offering up thick, lush fruit and Provencal spice notes, Notre Passion is more like baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape than Cotes du Rhone Villages.