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