2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins Henri Bonneau

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Average critic rating : 97.0 points



We finished the tasting with the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve des Célestins, which had been recently bottled. It’s a classic 2007 that has overflowing kirsch, sweet black cherry, garrigue, incense and ground pepper aromas and flavors. Sexy, supple and hedonistic, it’s one mouthful of a Châteauneuf that has no shortage of sweet fruit, texture or length. And given this showing, there’s certainly no harm in drinking this in its youth either.||I continue to be baffled by this estate, and given the cellar conditions, I've no idea how what comes out of these filthy barrels tastes so sweet and heavenly. Nevertheless, that's part of the magic that is wine, and as always, it was a fabulous visit with the charismatic, witty and sharp Henri Bonneau. For this visit, I was able to taste through single barrels for each of the two cuvees (Marie Beurrier, which is represented by the letter "G" on the barrel, and the Celestins which is designated by the letter "P") starting with the 2013s and going back to the 2009s. Given that the '13s and '12 won't be seeing the inside of a bottle for quite some time, I opted to just include reviews starting with the '11s. eRobertParker.com.October, 2014

One of the legends of the Rhone, Bonneau is the 12th generation to produce wine in Chateaunef du Pape and is now aided by his son Marcel.

Bonneau own 17ha of vineyard, including 5.2ha in La Crau, Chateauneuf’s finest terroir and 0.75ha in the stony Couthezon. Production here is tiny, with a total of 1,500 cases in a good year. If the vintage isn’t deemed high enough in quality then a wine isn’t produced or it is declassified. Unusually for Chateauneuf, Bonneau leaves the stems in, providing structure, texture and character to the wine.

The top cuvee is Reserve des Celestins – a huge, formidable wine bottled without filtration and released only when deemed ready (generally after 6 years in old oak). It has an unsurpassed power and richness and it is without doubt one of the finest of all Chateauneufs.

“…if someone were to ask what is the quintessential traditionally styled Chateauneuf du Pape at the highest quality level, the answer can only be Henri Bonneau’s Reserve des Celestins.. Henri Bonneau is one of the planet's greatest and most distinctive winemakers…the appellation’s greatest guardian of traditional winemaking. Long live Henri Bonneau!” Robert Parker

Cuvee Marie Beurrier is a slightly lighter bodied, more elegant and feminine wine, but is still fuller than most.

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