RR11821

Gigondas, Le Vin du Léonard, Famille Gonnet 2021



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75cl ALC 14.5%

Made mostly from 80 year old Grenache, this wine has gorgeous spiced damson fruit on the nose and a wonderfully full mouth-feel, redolent of freshly crushed blackberries, with velvety smooth tannins.


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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

Still Red

95% Grenache, 5% Syrah

Medium-bodied

Drink or Keep

2021

Beef, Braised

14.5%

75cl

Gonnet Père et Fils

Since 2007 Famille Gonnet and the family brand for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Font de Vent, has been run by cousins Guillaume and Bertrand Gonnet.

Guillaume learnt his trade with vintages at Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet and Château Beau-Sejour Becot in St Emilion with a year in the Napa Valley. They are the third generation of the family domaine, which was started in 1950 by their grandfather Etienne, although records show there has been Gonnets in Bédarrides since the 1600s. When Etienne was younger the family farmed produce such as rabbits, pigeons and eggs, however an outbreak of Myxomatosis destroyed the export market so they turned to planting vines. Etienne already had a small vineyard from his father and this was further added to by his new wife, Jeanne Brunier of the Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe family, who had her own vines too. Fast forward over 70 years and the domaine is fully organic, with Guillaume noting “organics makes our vines stronger preventing disease, as the vines go deeper into the soils”. Their aim is to create wines that drink well early and have the ability to cellar, over the years, they insist, the style has not changed but rather has been refined and improved. Vines are around 50 to 110 years old and most wines are a field blend with around 75% Grenache as the base.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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