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Guillaume Gonnet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Bel Ami, Southern Rhône, France, 2021

£125.97

Guillaume Gonnet is energetic and charismatic and is taking Rhône winemaker to another level.  ‘He travelled to the far ends of the earth, revelling in the opportunity to surf some of the best waves in the world while learning his craft in various Australian and New Zealand regions. Returning to the Rhône, now with his Australian wife Kelly, Guillaume has shown similar energy for his family estate and for his own nascent project. This land locked surfer may be miles from the ocean but is happily riding the wave of new found enthusiasm for Grenache based wines. Pursuing biodynamics wherever possible, allowing his fruit to express itself freely through hands-off winemaking and displaying his fascination for the varying soils of the Rhône through his diverse range of wines, he’s just the sort of restless creative that we love to work with.’

The vines are very old and average 50 to 90 years old and planted on a South East facing vineyard. All grapes are hand harvested.  The wine is vinified and aged in various types of container. 30% pyramid shaped concrete vats, 30% wooden vats, 30% stainless steel, 10% demi muids (600L) barrels.

Oak aged in Demi muids 600L

Tasting Note: A red and black fruit bouquet, of cherries and blackberries, a hint of garrigue, liquorice and spice. A fine wine. Decant this wine at least an hour before serving to make the absolute best of this classic

Food Pairing: A very versatile food partner. Anything from game, red meats, coq au vin, Parma ham, duck and spicy sausage.

Grape: Grenache 60%, Syrah 20%, Others 20%    ABV 14.5%   Vegetarian / Vegan / Biodynamic

Case of 6 £125.97  (Case of 12 available – contact us to order £251.94)

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