Font du Vent Blanc 2015

Cotes Du Rhone - France

Font du Vent Blanc 2015

$23.00

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Grape TypeViognier
Vintage Year2015
Wine MakerFont du Michelle
BodyFull
SweetnessBone Dry
TanninNone
AcidityHigh
Chardonnay's wild, edgy little brother. Creaminess mixed with spice.
Classic Cotes du Rhone Blanc wines such as this one are made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc varietal grapes, although others including Ugni Blanc and Viognier are becoming increasingly popular. With their medium body, and rich array of flavours and aromas, they pair brilliantly with the rustic French cuisine they’re typically served with in their homelands. Dishes like bouillabaisse are a classic match, but for us, they go fantastically with roast and grilled chicken.
FoodVeggies, Lots of herbs
TastesBitter, Rich
SeasonsAutumn
MoodsContemplative

This wine's story

There are some parts of the world where wine production has been such an integral part of the local culture for so long, that wine is in the very DNA of the region. It is in the blood of the people who live and work there; the kind of places where it would be unimaginable to sit down to a meal without at least a glass or two of vino. The Southern Rhone Valley is perhaps the dictionary definition of such a place, and it is here we find the grand old winery of Font du Michelle. To say that the Gonnet family - who run proceedings at Font du Michelle - have a deep connection with the Southern Rhone Valley would be a fairly ridiculous understatement. This family has held high positions in the region since the 1500s, and have included in their family tree respected Rhone-based businesspeople, social reformers, farmers and philanthropists.

The Gonnet family are now based on the estate their ancestor - Jean Etienne - bought back in 1880, land which was originally to be used as an olive farm. In the 1950s, it was converted into a winery, after members of the extended family who own Vieux Telegraphe (probably the most renowned estate in the Southern Rhone) commented on how beautiful their land was, and how ideal it would be for viticulture. Since then, the winery has expanded to 27 hectares of pristine vines, most of which are used to produce red and white Châteauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone wines of remarkable finesse and character.

Food Pairing

Classic Cotes du Rhone Blanc wines such as this one are made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc varietal grapes, although others including Ugni Blanc and Viognier are becoming increasingly popular. With their medium body, and rich array of flavours and aromas, they pair brilliantly with the rustic French cuisine they’re typically served with in their homelands. Dishes like bouillabaisse are a classic match, but for us, they go fantastically with roast and grilled chicken.

Sommelier Notes

The land in this part of the Côtes Du Rhône appellation partly resembles that of Châteauneuf du Pape: chalky-clay soil with rounded pebbles, along with fine red clay and sandy loams.

Font du Michelle are recognised for their full bodied but elegant style, and this slightly unusual white (unusual because the wines of the Côtes Du Rhône are generally blends of different grapes!) fits the bill.

A very aromatic dry white, with generous upfront fruit flavours and tangy acidity. Full-bodied and slightly mealy with Viognier’s trademark apricot flavours and some oatmeal. Richly textured, and finishes with a pleasing bitterness.