2007 Font du Vent Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Signargues Notre Passion

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 87
Red Wine
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50% Grenache, 50% Syrah

"A nice pure beam of raspberry and red cherry fruit is supported by cocoa powder and graphite notes. The fresh, stylish finish has good underlying grip. Drink now through 2010. 3,100 cases made." (WS)

"More interesting, the beautiful, fruity, soft, sexy 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Notre Passion Signor is a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah.

This has been one of the most reliable estates in Chateauneuf du Pape for well over two decades. The Gonnet brothers and their family, working in their cellars in Bedarrides, just next door to Vieux Telegraphe, produce two estate cuvees and a negociant wine. The general practice is to age the Syrah and Mourvedre components in small barrels and the Grenache in tank before blending." (WA)

"Robert Parker called the 2007 vintage in Southern Rhone “the greatest vintage I have tasted in my 30 years working in that region… Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top to bottom”. That quality and consistency might be perfectly expressed in the 2007 Font du Vent Cotes du Rhone-Villages Notre Passion Signor, which is the best Rhone value I’ve tasted all year. This wine would probably be good in an average vintage, but in an historic vintage like 2007, it’s incredible. This $11 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages tastes like a pretty good Châteauneuf-du-Pape. That’s really saying something.

Everything about this wine is well put together, fresh and elegant. Like most wines of this style, it’s not influenced by a lot of oak, though half of it does see some time in barrels. The bouquet of strawberry and honey leads into a firm attack that has a perfect balance of fruit and mineral flavors on the palate. I literally can’t understand how someone can grow, ferment, blend, bottle and ship a wine of this quality for $11, but I’m really glad they did.

I can’t think of a better daily drinker red than this awesome Rhone. Buy a case of this and the 2007 Sean Minor “Four Bears” Cabernet we wrote up in July, and you will have 24 evenings of daily drinking pleasure. I can’t overstate the value of either of these wines. I taste hundreds of different wines a year, and these are at the top of the heap in terms of value." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Font de Michelle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The property holdings of the family were first enlarged over 60 years ago when vigneron Etienne Gonnet married Mademoiselle Brunier of the neighboring property, Vieux Télégraphe. Today the domaine is run by brothers Michel and Jean (grandsons of Etienne) along with their two sons Bertrand and Guillaume. They continue to add vineyards to the family’s holdings and have just purchased La Font du Vent in the village of Domazan. Located on the western side of the Rhône River just below the appellation of Tavel, the vineyards of Domazan are classified as Côtes du Rhône Villages. Michel and Jean are really working these new vineyards, leaf-pulling, and crop-thinning to keep yields well below appellation’s limits. The hand-harvested fruit is handled with the same meticulous care as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is vinified in their gravity-fed winery in Bédarrides. An equal blend of Grenache and Syrah, Notre Passion is harvested at 35 hl/ha (the same required for Châteauneuf-du-Pape). A powerful and intense wine offering up thick, lush fruit and Provençal spice notes, Notre Passion is more like baby Châteauneuf-du-Pape than Côtes du Rhône Villages.