1999 Henri Bonneau "Réserve de Célestins" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1115500 96 points Wine Spectator

 ***Collectibles*** Burly-edged tannins pump through this heavy-weight, with roasted chestnut, game, licorice, tar and stewed currant and prune fruit. Steel-plated finish thanks to the tannins, but look closely and you'll see a river of acidity pumping through, too. Drink now through 2025. (JM)  (6/2006)

95 points Vinous

 Bonneau’s 1999 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins was utterly captivating right out of the bottle. It showed marvelous depth and richness at first, but then lost some intensity over several hours. A mélange of candied cherries, herbs and dried flowers lingered on the finish. (AG)  (6/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Interesting to plot the evolution of this wine in the glass. Captivating bouquet at first, tertiary scents, wild mushroom, animal fur, a touch of tar and cured meats, developing more dark chocolate aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity, notes of mulberry, game, tobacco and Provencal herbs that is all so exquisitely balanced and harmonious. It improves over the first 30 minutes but then takes its foot off the accelerator with time in the glass. Drink now-2018. (NM)  (7/2011)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape