Domaine Henri Bonneau et Fils - Réserve des Celestins - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015
Please note: This is our Best Price per bottle. This wine cannot be discounted any further, however it does count toward building a case.
The great Henri Bonneau is a legend in Châteauneuf du Pape. Winemaking is in his blood: He was the 12th generation of his family to make wine in the region, which can trace their roots back to 1667. Born in 1938, Henri started working in the vineyards with his father when he was only 14-years-old, producing his first vintage in 1956. The family vineyards are mostly located in the famous Le Craulieu (La Crau) lieu-dit, with vines in other parcels of the appellation.
A staunch traditionalist, Henri made his wines in the cellar underneath his house in Châteauneuf du Pape. All grapes are hand-harvested and fermented whole-cluster with native yeasts in concrete tanks with gentle crushing, frequent pumpovers and aging in a mix of neutral foudres, demi-muids and piéces, none of which is younger than 10-years-old. Known for his long elevage (usually between 2 and 4 years of aging in old barrels, though sometimes much longer), Henri Bonneau's wines delivered a depth, elegance and refinement unique in the region. 2015 was the last vintage farmed and vinified by Henri before his death in March of 2016 at the age of 77. This is an iconic Châteauneuf du Pape destined for a long and brilliant life.