Today run by third generation Guillaume & Bertrand Gonnet, the estate’s quality credentials could not be more impressive: thirty hectares of vineyards running up to Le Crau (arguably the most revered vineyard plot in the entire Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation); sunny south/south-east facing slopes; clay-limestone soils littered with prized, heat-reflecting galets roulés (pudding stones); and low-yielding 110-year-old vines. There have been vines since Roman times at this magnificent family domaine.
Jean and Michel have overseen operations since 1975, constantly improving their winemaking methods to develop full-bodied, concentrated wines that express their terroir perfectly. Today, their sons Guillaume and Bertrand bring their own skills and international experience to the domaine. The Gonnets’ wines range from crowd-pleasing Côtes-du-Rhône to the rare Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape, yet there is a common stylistic thread: while the region’s classic baked fruit, rich colour and structure are all here in spades, the wines also display the hallmark Gonnet freshness and aromatic vivacity, the southern Rhône at its most elegant.
The Rhône wine region comprises two discrete vineyard areas whose landscapes, soils, climates and even grapes vary significantly, resulting in distinctly different wine styles.