2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2001 Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

The other Chateauneuf du Pape I never get to taste often enough, (after Rayas) this is already showing just great. Earthy, spicy, barnyard accented ripe, kirsch, pepper, and cherry notes come along with an array of spices. More elegantly textured on the palate than most vintages of Celestins and cleaner on the nose and palate as well, this is a treat for the senses that will continue to age and evolve for at least another 10-15 or 20 years, depending on the provenance. 97 Points

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For a Celestins, this is almost refined in character. This is an elegant, fresh expression of everything that’s great about the idiosyncratic wines of Henri Bonneau. Maturing at a rapid pace for Celestins, the wine grabbed your attention and kept it for good reason due to all its sweet ripe red fruits, spice, grilled meat, garrigue and peppery character. This is quite good now and it could get better. 96 Points

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Based on the color, you'd swear this was at least 10 or maybe 20 years older than its true age, due to its light hue. On the palate, the wine was fresh, sweet, silky, polished and long. The texture was exotic and you could easily say the same thing about the ripe kirsch on the palate. The nose was complex, the fruit was there, but it was far more advanced than the other high-end 2001 Chateauneuf du Papes opened in the same flight. 95 Points

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This sports an herb, spicy kirsch and cherry nose. Good body. Nice entry. Elegant for young Celestins in a good vintage. When tasting together, the owner of this famed Chateauneuf du Pape offered sage advice. "Drink good wine with friends, but drink your great wine with a lover." He has a good idea there, if you ask me. 94 Points

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When to Drink Henri Bonneau, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Henri Bonneau needs time in the cellar before it can truly be appreciated. If you're going to drink the wine young, you can decant for 2-4 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Henri Bonneau is usually better with 4-10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 9-35 years after the vintage.

Serving Henri Bonneau with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Henri Bonneau is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine Henri Bonneau is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed, and grilled dishes, sausage, cassoulet, eggplant, and tomatoes. Domaine Henri Bonneau is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, and cheese.

Henri Bonneau also makes wine from 3.5 hectares of vines located in the Laval Saint Roman Gard, and a Les Rouliers, a Vin de Table wine, that is made from a blend that is mostly Grenache.

Along with Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin, the wine of Henri Bonneau Celestins, has the potential to age and develop for the longest period of time of any wine from the entire Southern Rhone Valley.