2018 Bonpas "Dames de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu

SKU #1439999 95 points Decanter

 Lovely brambly nose and crunchy red berry palate. This is beautifully balanced and very drinkable even in its youth with very good length. Quite a charmer and great value for money. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2019*  (6/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2019 | Send Email
Had I not known the price of this wine prior to tasting it I would have assumed it was a substantially pricier Rhone. It's fresh and focused with loads of flavor and complexity along with excellent length. Yet another exceptional red from Southern France.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
The 2018 Dames de Bonpas ushers in a melange of dried cherries, potpourri, violets, and mocha on the nose, with concentrated flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, and white pepper to round it out. This wildly compelling wine represents one of the best values of the year, and is an easy case buy to hold over you and your guests for the holiday season.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
I absolutely adore the nose on this wine! It is a beguiling array of red berry fruit, pipe tobacco, marzipan and forest floor aromas and translate to a lively palate of raspberry, white pepper, dried meats, sun-dried tomatoes and bitter chocolate flavors. Firm tannins and good acidity give this a wine fine structure and great length as it holds court on your palate. A very impressive wine for the amazing price of only $12.99. This may be the best value I have tasted from the Rhone Valley this year.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2022

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
Imagine there must be a gilded portrait or magnificent tapestry of the 'Dames' hanging within the walls of the medieval bastion of Bonpas, so I'll lift a glass of this ruby-inflected Villages wine in gracious tribute and gratitude. A co-fermented blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre holds forth with inviting aromas of red cherry, olives, and leather carried over into a flavorful palate imbued with stone fruits, subtle spice and herbal notes, framed by velvety tannins. Awarded 95 points by Decanter, this youthful red is effortlessly enjoyable and highly drinkable now. Better stock up before it flies.....

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.