Bonnefond Cote Rotie Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Bonnefond History, Overview

Bonnefond is a family owned Cote Rotie vineyard. The estate is relatively new in the Northern Rhone Valley. It was started in 1955 with the purchase of one hectare of vines. The estate began to expand thanks to purchases in the early 1980’s by Charles Bonnefond.

During the 1980’s, they sold their crop to negociants . By 1990, they started to bottle a portion of their harvest. With time, they managed to make additional purchases so that by 1995, they owned 5.5 hectares of vines in the Cote Rotie appellation. Today, have close to 7 hectares of vines in the appellation.

Today the property is managed by two brothers, Patrick Bonnefond and Christophe Bonnefond. Patrick Bonnefond and Christophe Bonnefond have managed the domaine since 1990. The best vintages of Bonnefond Cote Rotie are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 and 1991.

Bonnefond Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

The small Rhone Valley estate produces four separate Cote Rotie wines.

Bonnefond Colline de Couzou was first produced in 2009.
Bonnefond Cote Rotie Classique – 1,200 cases per year.
Bonnefond Cote Rozier – The wine made its debut with the 2000 vintage. 125 cases per year.
Bonnefond Les Rochains – 300 cases per vintage, from 50 year old 100% Syrah vines planted not that far from La Landonne.

They also produce 2 wines in Condrieu , a traditional cuvee and Cote Chatillon.

Bonnefond harvests late, to obtain maximum ripeness. The entire crop is destemmed. Bonnefond can use between 8% to 10% Viognier , blended with the Syrah for their top wines. Their terroir is mostly schist, mica and granite soils. The vines average roughly 30 years of age.

Vnification takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of vessels with 40% done in barrel and the remainder fermented in tank. For Les Rochains and Cote Rozier, the wines are aged in as much as 90% new, French oak barrels, with the remaining 10% of the harvest aged in new, American oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months. The aging program gives the wine a modern style. The wine displays rich textures, good freshness and lush textures, Of the three wines, Les Rochains is the finest. Cote Rotie is always expensive, due to its high quality and low production. However Bonnefond still remains well priced for a wine at this level of quality.

Les Rochains remains my favorite Cote Rotie wine from Patrick Bonnefond and Christophe Bonnefond. Bonnefond also produces a small amount of Vin de Pays.

Serving and Decanting Bonnefond with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Bonnefond is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Bonnefond is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Bonnefond is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Condrieu, the white wine of Bonnefond is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2010 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie

    1. The aromatics deliver floral notes with fresh cherries, black raspberry and spicy characteristics. The texture is silky, soft and inviting, finishing with fresh, ripe red berries.

      91 points - Tasted
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  2. 2009 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Les Rochains

    1. Rich, supple textures, fresh, bright, dark red berries, smoke, earth and floral notes and a long, sweet, fresh, pure finish. So young, but so good... Perhaps the best value in Cote Rotie today.

      94 points - Tasted
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  3. 2007 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Les Rochains

    1. It's nice when a high quality Cote Rotie can be found at a fair price. It doesn't happen much these days. 2007 Bonnenfond Rochains delivers the goods with its round, silky textures and fresh black raspberry, fennel, plum, mineral and bacon fat filled nose.

      93 points - Tasted
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  4. 2005 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Côte Rozier

    1. Masculine, meaty, crisp, peppery and fresh, the wine is full bodied, with a firm structured character. It's a good wine, but more intellectual than fun. I was expecting a bit more from the wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2003 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Les Rochains

    1. Deeply colored with licorice, smoke, coffee bean, blackberry, incense, earthy, blueberry and spice. Modern style of Cote Rotie, with very ripe berries, spice and coffee bean in the finish. This was more interesting a few years ago. It is a bit too oaky for me at this stage of the game.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. With scents of roasted black cherry, bacon fat, caramel, herbs, smoke and sap, this full bodied, opulently textured wine finishes with sweet, black raspberry and fresh cut Provencal herbs. This wine is ready to drink

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 1999 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Les Rochains

    1. Floral, black cherry, liqueur, pepper, white peach and orange peel in the nose pop with no trouble. In the mouth, silky smooth sensations of sweet, ripe, black cherries, thyme and dusty cocoa flavors mesh perfectly with supple textures. This is right where it needs to be. It could get better, but why wait?

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Flowers. cherries, smoke, kirsch, cherry girotte, stone and bacon fat aromas permeate the perfume. Rich, lush and luscious in texture, this sublime Cote Rotie is a stunner, ending with a long, fresh, pure, opulent, ostentatious licorice, spice and cherry liqueur finish. Drink this over the next decade and enjoy the fireworks.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Aromas of red, black and blue fruit simmered in bacon fat with dashes of earth, vanilla and flowers. Plush and sexy on the palate. Liqueur of molten, kirsch and raspberry licorice coat your mouth for :40 of divine pleasure. Tannin and acidity keep it fresh. Sill young, but developing nicely.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Deeply colored. The very dense texture with perfume of black fruits, herbs and a floral component was intense. Give it another 5 years as it's still bright and primary.

      92 points - Tasted
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