Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins Châteauneuf du Pape 2012


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Wine Advocate, 96 Points-  According to Marcel Bonneau on this visit, all of the 2012 wine will be bottled as Reserve des Celestins. Tasted from barrel, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins flirts with that fine line between deep, chocolaty richness and raisiny over-ripeness. This is full-bodied and powerful but silky at the same time. If it's bottled soon, it should be amazing.

One of the greats of modern Châteauneuf-du-Pape history, Henri Bonneau passed away two years ago, making this the last wine he ever saw through from harvest through final blending, although his son actually bottled it in 2019. The wines are remarkably delicoius and can cellar for decades, although they are never "mainstream" CdP.  As Wine Advocate explained a few years ago, "Visiting with Henri Bonneau at his subterranean wine cellar, which could easily double as a bat cave, is always one of the highlights of a year of wine tasting. This property began estate bottling in 1927, with Bonneau’s father, but can trace its history back hundreds of years. Of course, since the death of Jacques Reynaud of Rayas in 1997, Henri remains the patron saint of all things “ancien” in Chateauneuf du Pape. He is revered like no other producer in the village. Everything about Bonneau’s estate goes against modernism. The cellars are filthy, and the barrels range in age from 10 years old to probably over a century. He has a relatively small estate of just under 17 acres, and he doesn’t really bottle anything for at least five years."