Guillaume Gonnet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Belle Amie, Southern Rhône, France, 2020
The energetic and charismatic Guillaume Gonnet is not your average Rhône winemaker. Extremely open in his attitude, his curious, boundary challenging approach extends beyond wine.
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.
Hand picked 50 to 90 year old vines, grown in the Cru du Bois vineyard on sand, clay and limestone soils with pebbles near the surface at a density of 3500 vines per ha.
Vinification in stainless steel tanks, and no malolactic fermentation. Ageing is done without oak in stainless steel.
No oak ageing
Gorgeous stony, mineral notes, citrus, and white flowers. With age, the wine develops honey, nutty aromas.
Seafood, rabbit, chicken and pork; perfect with roquefort cheese.
Wine Spectator 92 Points
Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 89 Points
A tank-fermented and matured 70-30 blend of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Belle Amie features attractive aromas of pear, melon and lime. Medium-bodied on the palate, it's crisp and concentrated, with a tight, linear feel and pinpoint focus on the finish. 89 Points, May 2022
12 x 75cl
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 91 Points