2001 Henri Bonneau "Réserve des Célestins" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1121034 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale garnet-brick colour. Still a predominance of primary fruit on the nose, displaying aromas of warm raspberries, black cherries, cinnamon, black pepper, forest floor and a hint of smoked bacon. The palate is incredibly seducing with a full, silken textured body giving complex, spicy fruit layers and medium+ acidity to balance. A medium+ level of ripe, approachable tannins provides structure and age-ability. Rich, opulent, very long lasting. Drink now – 2029. Tasted February 2009. (LPB)  (5/2009)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Incredibly complex, wild bouquet of red fruit liqueur, botanical herbs, fresh and dried lavender, anise, smoked game and minerals. Round, sweet and impossibly deep, offering a smorgasbord of ripe red and dark berry flavors complicated by candied licorice, floral pastilles and succulent herbs. Becomes more vibrant on the finish, leaving a broad swath of sappy red fruits in its trail.  (2/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Idiosyncratic, with mature notes of dried clove, orange peel, coffee, cedar, date and bittersweet cocoa, followed by an iron-driven finish where buried acidity keeps this lengthy. Has plenty of grip in reserve, along with character to burn. Best from 2010 through 2025.  (2/2009)

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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape