2007 Domaine Font de Michelle, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone

Press and Tasting Notes

[93 pts Stephen Tanzer] Deep red. Highly expressive aromas of red berries, smoky herbs, Asian spices and minerals. Smooth and silky, with sweet raspberry and kirsch flavors and no obvious tannins. A seductive, juicy wine that finishes with excellent breadth and precision. I suspect this will be alluring on release. --------- [Robert Parker] A sl ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured November 29, 2010

THE REVIEW

Rhone lovers rejoice! Each year we select one Rhone red to be crowned "Chateauneuf-du-Awesome." This year's winner is the 2007 Domaine Font de Michelle Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
    Hand selected from our top 5 list, Font de Michelle is the embodiment of its vintage, one which Parker called the "vintage of [his] lifetime."
     Sprawling over the famous clay soil in the southernmost village of Chateauneuf, the vineyards of Domaine Font de Michelle boast fruit that grows along side one of the region's most renowned properties, Domaine du Vieux-Telegraphe. And, like its neighbor, part of the Font de Michelle grapes are sourced from the La Crau region, the most highly touted site in the entire appellation.
    There the vines are up to 110 years old with roots that have grown so deep into the cobblestone and clay soil they extract the smoky herbs and aged minerals found nowhere else in the world. As such, the wine is incredibly expressive, rich and deep.
    Aromas of red berries, herbs and spice box fill the glass, followed by silky raspberry and dark plum with balanced tannins. Hints of warm jam notes and black cherry are also present as this bold red embraces your palate. Ready to drink, but quite capable of aging for 7 to 10 years, the 2007 Font de Michelle is the perfect warming companion for the cold winter months upon us. Enjoy with a smoked beef brisket or any comforting dishes at your upcoming holiday feasts.Read More »