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2016 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Marie Beurrier #161903081


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Henri Bonneau in his old-school cellar in Chateauneuf du Pape!

About Henri Bonneau

The late Henri Bonneau is one of Chateauneuf du Pape’s great legends. He came from a long line of winemakers dating back to 1667, and their old-fashioned style of winemaking was passed down from generation to generation (all 13 of them!), and is still practiced today.

Currently, Marcel Bonneau, the son of Henri, is in charge of the family estate, which is planted to approximately 90% Grenache and the rest to Mourvedre, Syrah, Vaccarese, and Counoise. Marcel continues his father's low-intervention winemaking, or what Robert Parker called “everything against modernism.” They age each wine for 3-5 years (sometimes longer) in barrels ranging from 10-100 years old in an ancient cellar that’s been compared to a bat cave. A quintessential bottle of Bonneau will have purity of fruit, impressive length, and beautiful texture.

Henri Bonneau is revered like no other producer in the village, and the premium bottling, Reserve des Celestins, is often referred to as “mythic,” and one of the finest in Chateauneuf. Robert Parker summed it up best when he said: “it’s times like [this] when you realize how lucky we are, as wine lovers […] to be able to taste his wines. They won’t exist forever.”

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