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2018 Clos de la Bonnette Syrah Collines Rhodannienes Vieilles Vignes (Previously $25)

SKU #1490854 90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Ripe, spice-accented red and dark berry aromas are complemented by hints of olive and cracked pepper. In a juicy, energetic style, offering subtly sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen steadily through the midpalate. Smooth, slowly mounting tannins frame a long, spicy finish that leaves a bitter chocolate note behind. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

K&L Notes

Domaine Clos de la Bonnette was purchased in 1992 by wife and husband team, Isabelle Guiller and Henri Montabonnet. Isabelle had her eye on this abandoned vineyard site for many years before they moved forward. The main reason that the site remained unoccupied was because the hillsides were in complete disarray, as many of the stone retaining walls had collapsed over the decades due to neglect. Restoring this property could only be done as a labor of love, not a commercial venture. Isabelle and Henri did most of the restoration themselves, rebuilding the walls by hand. Isabelle took on the task of cultivating the indigenous flora around the property, making it more biodiverse. Because of the location of the vineyard, Henri and Isabelle are surrounded by forest, a creek and another hillside of ruins. This natural barrier allows them to more easily produce organically, a process by which they have farmed since they began replanting. The quality of the fruit is so high that Marcel Guigal wanted to purchase their grapes and put them under contract. Thankfully, they politely declined. This old vine Syrah parcel comes from a tiny plot in Cote-Rotie on the top of the hill which leaves it just outside the appellation.


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