1986 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 750ml

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1986 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 95 pts!

Henri Bonneau was a critically acclaimed producer of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He was the 12th generation winemaker in his family, which has an extensive history in the southern Rhône. He first started working in the vineyards in the 1950s, though due to the popularity, value and scarcity of his wines, early vintages are virtually non-existent. Bonneau's last vintage was 2015, and he passed away in 2016.

The estate consists of 6 hectares (15 acres) of estate vineyards in various Châteauneuf-du-Pape sites, including the esteemed La Crau plot. There are three cuvées – a simple Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Cuvée Marie Beurrier and the top-tier Réserve des Célistins, rounded out with the Les Rouliers Vin de Table. The high quality of the 1990 and 1998 vintages also led Bonneau to make a Cuvée Speciale.

Henri Bonneau's vineyards are planted with around 90 percent Grenache. The farming practices specifically produce low yields and the fruit is harvested relatively late for the region. The winemaking process avoids destemming, except in poor vintages, and fermentation takes place in cement vats. The wines are then aged in large, old barrels.Henri Bonneau's wines are known for their lengthy aging potential.


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 95 RP 1986 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 95 pts! Few Chateauneuf du Papes from this vintage turned out well and the few that did required consumption during their first decade of life. Bonneau's 1986 is just hitting full maturity. It offers a concoction of jammy concentrated licorice-infused black cherry fruit with hints of tobacco cedar beef blood smoked herbs and Asian spices. As the wine sits in the glass aromas of licorice Peking duck and other exotic scents emerge. An amazing effort it may be the only Reserve des Celestins I own that can be classified as fully mature. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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