2012 Guilaume Gonnet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Le Poete Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2012
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


60% Grenache 20% Mourvèdre 20% Syrah

"On the gusty side of the spectrum, with roasted espresso and ganache notes coating a core of dense plum, black currant and fig fruit flavors. Shows muscle and cut through the finish, which smolders pleasantly. Rock-solid. Best from 2017 through 2025. 200 cases made. –JM" (WS)


This wine was certainly a hit when my wife and I had it with dinner a few days ago. Right from the start the rich, yet smooth and flavorful qualities of this Southern Rhone made it an excellent accompaniment with dinner, one that even got better as the wine continued to breath.

Adding to the quality of the wine is the fact that many of the vines used in its production are over 100 years old, and aged vines gives a wine a very special desirable quality. The grape mixture is 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre and 2% Counoise; resulting in a full-bodied but also velvety red with wonderful aromas and flavors of dark fruit in particular currants and blackberries, along with appealing touches of anise and oriental spice, Mediterranean herbs, espresso and dark rich chocolate.

I’ve tasted a goodly amount of Southern Rhones (particularly Chateauneufs) in the last few months and this is one (if not “they” top one) of the very finest Chateauneufs I tried selling for under $50.00, let alone is bargain discount price of $39.95.

PRICE: $39.95, **** bargain
WHERE: Los Angelus Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
This special cuvée from Guillaume Gonnet is carefully selected from vines aged 110 years or older. This impressively seductive wine displays an awesome concentration of flavors, including cherries, yellow raisins, soy, wet stones, and smoked herbs. It is vinified and aged in cement pyramid, foudré, and 600 L barrels.

According to local archives, the Gonnet family has been settled in Bédarrides since 1600. The domain’s holdings are made up of several vineyards, most of which are named after local landmarks, including Font de Michelle, La Crau, and La Pierre Plantée. Etienne Gonnet created Font de Michelle in 1950. Following in his footsteps, the domain is now managed by Etienne’s grandchildren, Bertrand and Guillaume Gonnet, the creator of these signature cuvées and labels.