Domaine Henri Bonneau - Summit of Châteauneuf du Pape
"Henri Bonneau (born 1938) is 12th generation of wine growers. He made his first vintage in 1956. His domain covers only 6 ha., mainly planted with Grenache that normally counts for more than 90% of the blend and added with small amounts of Mourvedre, Counoise and Vaccarèse.
Bonneau's wines are among the most famous and the most expensive in the world and even if you are ready to spend the money they are not easy to get hands on. You might think that he must be a wealthy man. If he is you can't see it from his appearence or from his home or cellars. He seems to be a very modest and simple living man.
Henri Bonneau's ageing cellars is from the 17th century and are legendary. You can't find a barrel there less than 10 years old and most of them are very ancient. When you walk around there you fell you are visiting a museum.
If you have the privilege to taste the wines from the barrels you will find them absolutely wonderful and you must admit that you are visiting a master of winemaking. You don't have to be an expert in winetasting to conclude this. Some people prefer an elegant wine, others prefer a wine with much character. Some prefer a young wine, some prefer an old wine. People have very different preferences. No doubt that all kind of preferences will be satisfied tasting Henri Bonneau's wines. And - and that's important - all vintages, young and older, taste very very good."
(Vintage and Vine)
Words of Wisdom
"His top cuvee, the reserve des Celestins is majestic. His other cuvee, Marie Beurrier, is nearly as good but significantly less expensive."