This is a serious and complicated bottle with a multi-dimensional presentation of dark fruits, spice, floral notes, scorched earth and minerals. There’s something incredibly charming about the wine’s honesty and gulpability.
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Since the sad death of Henri Bonneau in March of 2016, the iconic wines of his estate have attracted interest from collectors like never before – a testament to the experience and skill of this quintessential Châteauneuf-du-Pape traditionalist.
Henri Bonneau, the iconoclastic vigneron whose wines defined the throwback style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a generation. Bonneau was a singular presence in the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Working from his tiny domaine, he nearly single-handedly produced wines with a distinctive force and presence that most vignerons in the appellation considered the paradigm for old-school Grenache. While Bonneau himself would claim there was no recipe, a few things were certain: low yields, late harvesting and no destemming. The result was wines that were full-throttle in terms of richness and depth, offering vibrant, unbridled notes of garrigue, tobacco and roasted chestnut with often heady power and depth, yet all allied to a remarkably silky and integrated feel that only lengthened and became more refined with age.
He credited his winemaking knowledge to his father and grandfather, and always expressed humility toward their wines, saying he only hoped his wines could equal the quality of his predecessors'.