HENRI BONNEAU RESERVE DES CELESTINS
Henri Bonneau is one of the true legends of Chteauneuf-du-Pape. Born in 1938 and making his first vintage in 1956, he is the 12th generation of Bonneau's toproduce wine in this region. Henri has a mere 6 hectares of vineyards, split between 5.25ha in La Crau, widely considered to be Chteauneuf's finest terroir, and 0.75ha on stonier soil near Couthzon in the north east of the appellation. His wines are produced predominantly from Grenache (80-90%) while small quantities of Mourvdre, Syrah, Counoise and Vaccarse also get used in his wines. Henri harvests latel, yields are kept low and vinfication and elevage are traditional with the use of wooden foudres and smaller oak barrels. Typically the wines are aged in oak for 3-4 years before being bottled unfiltered. His top cuve, Rserve des Celestins displays intensely concentrated black fruit and is without question one of the finest of all Chteauneuf-du-Papes.