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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 3 separate Cote Rotie wines.
Bonnefond Colline de Couzou was first produced in 2009. Made from 100% Syrah, that is completely destemmed, the wine is aged in 10% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. This wine replaced the classique Cote Rotie. The average annual production is close to 1,000 cases of wine per vintage.
Bonnefond Cote Rozier – The wine made its debut with the 2000 vintage. Produced from 100% Syrah on the Cote Brune, next to La Landonne, the wine is aged in an average of 25% new, 400 liter barrels for about 18 months before bottling. The production of this cuvee is quite small, as it runs about 125 cases per year.
Bonnefond Les Rochains comes from 100% old vine Syrah from the Les Rochains vineyard, that is well placed, right next to La Landonne. The vines as we mentioned are old, most were planted back in 1955. The grapes are completely destemmed. The wine is aged in 25% new, 400 liter barrels for up to 20 months before bottling. This can be difficult to find as the production is limited to an average of 300 cases per vintage.
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.
Bonnefond Cote Rotie Classique is no longer in production, as it was replaced in 2009, by Bonnefond Colline de Couzou.
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.