1988 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 750ml

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1988 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 96 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 1988
Rating RP96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Henri Bonneau
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP96 - 1988 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins CDP - 96 Pts!! Beginning to throw off its cloak of tannin and start its evolution is the 1988. A dark plum/ruby color is accompanied by a sweet perfume of mushrooms tree bark black cherries macerated in brandy and the tell-tale beef blood lavender cedar and tobacco aromas. This full-bodied powerful yet structured Reserve des Celestins does not reveal the pure breadth and depth of flavor found in the 1989 and 1990 but comes across as a mature example of the 1995. RP This wine is so rare and difficult to obtain!!

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1988
Rating RP96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Henri Bonneau
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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