2005 Domaine Font de Michelle "Etienne Gonnet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)

SKU #1279027 94 points Wine Spectator

 Sweet raspberry fruit leads the way for perfumy floral and spice notes, with a fleshy palate of mocha, mesquite and red licorice. The long, tight-grained finish just keeps going and going. Not as muscular as most 2005s, but really well put together. Drink now through 2027.  (12/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Etienne Gonnet comes mostly from the La Crau lieu-dit and was aged 18 months in 1-year-old barrels. Shinning for its finesse and elegance, it offers up a perfumed bouquet of sweet red and black raspberry-like fruit, dried flowers, garrigue and spice. This flows to a medium to full-bodied wine that has fine, sweet tannin, a light, graceful texture and superb overall balance. Drinking at point, it should evolve nicely for another 5-7 years. (JD)  (2/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Kirsch and cassis aromas display a ripe but fresh personality, with dried flowers adding complexity. Spicy red and dark fruit flavors are complicated by licorice and bitter chocolate, and show good finishing grip. Seems fresher than the barrel sample that I tried last year, with greater precision and energy. (JR)  (1/2008)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape