Henri Bonneau

About Henri Bonneau

Born in 1938 and crafting the most extraordinary expressions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape well into his eighth decade, Henri Bonneau was a true legend in the Rhône. Considered by many to be the last of the “old guard”, Bonneau was as humble and true to his roots as his wines were transcendent and opulent.

A visit to his winery was far removed from the manicured lawns and elegant rose gardens of Bordeaux, but more akin to visiting namesake and fellow vinous legend Henri Jayer in Burgundy. Jeff Leve once joked that the most modern item owned by Bonneau was an Art Nouveau door to the entrance of his winery from the 1920s!

Consistently proving that sometimes, the old ways are the best, Bonneau produced some of the greatest wines ever seen in the Rhône during his tenure, chief amongst which is the otherworldly Réserve des Célestins 1990.

“One of the greatest wines ever produced ... anywhere ... is the 1990. Having consistently merited 100 points (if my scoring system went higher, it would be there)”
Robert M. Parker Jr.

Viniculture

The prestige cuvée of Henri Bonneau as well as its most famous, Réserve des Célestins is a blend of around 90% Grenache with a varying mélange of other Rhône varietals rounding out proceedings. Whole cluster fermentation is carried out in traditional concrete vats before the wine is aged for 3-5 years in old French foudres and barrels. Released in only the very best vintages, Bonneau used to adapt his vinification methodology in response to vintage conditions and fruit characteristics quite significantly vintage-to-vintage – each version of this wine is utterly unique.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 1988 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,583.08
1988

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 1988 (1x75cl)
Outstanding condition as per photos. any 6 available (from the photos of x10 shown) Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 6 - Inc. VAT: £1,583.08
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2006 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £6,444.94
2006

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2006 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

So, with no further ado, the 2006 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins (this bottle was the only wine not tasted at the domaine and was purchased and reviewed by me last year) is a blend of 85% Grenache, and 15% assorted varieties, that’s aged all in older barrel and foudre. Exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color, it is incredibly old-school on the nose with loads of roasted Provencal herbs, meat juice, plum sauce, game, and licorice aromas all showing up. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a full, fleshy mid-palate, superb ripeness, and a solid finish, this textbook Chateauneuf du Pape opens up beautifully in the glass and is a joy to drink. With no hard edges and an approachable feel, it is superb now, but should also age gracefully for 12-15 years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £6,444.94
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2008 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £6,194.14
2008

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2008 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

Reminding me of the 1992 and a resounding success in the vintage, The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins is a seamless, elegant and beautifully complex effort that’s worth seeking out. Offering up notions of sandalwood, sweet cherries, pepper and exotic spice, it is medium-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate. Finesse-driven, with terrific complexity and nuance, this beauty is already accessible and a joy to drink. Enjoy it over the coming decade or more.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £6,194.14
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2012 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,502.54
2012

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2012 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-96)

According to Marcel Bonneau on this visit, all of the 2012 wine will be bottled as Reserve des Celestins. Tasted from barrel, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins flirts with that fine line between deep, chocolaty richness and raisiny over-ripeness. This is full-bodied and powerful but silky at the same time. If it's bottled soon, it should be amazing.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 94-96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,502.54
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2015 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,890.47
2015

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2015 (3x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 3x150cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,890.47
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 1988 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £1,317.00
1988

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 1988 (1x75cl)
Outstanding condition as per photos. any 6 available (from the photos of x10 shown) Delivery to Storage from 24 Oct 2021

Rhone 1x75cl 6 - In Bond: £1,317.00
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2006 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £5,344.00
2006

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2006 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

So, with no further ado, the 2006 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins (this bottle was the only wine not tasted at the domaine and was purchased and reviewed by me last year) is a blend of 85% Grenache, and 15% assorted varieties, that’s aged all in older barrel and foudre. Exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color, it is incredibly old-school on the nose with loads of roasted Provencal herbs, meat juice, plum sauce, game, and licorice aromas all showing up. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a full, fleshy mid-palate, superb ripeness, and a solid finish, this textbook Chateauneuf du Pape opens up beautifully in the glass and is a joy to drink. With no hard edges and an approachable feel, it is superb now, but should also age gracefully for 12-15 years.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £5,344.00
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2008 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £5,135.00
2008

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2008 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93)

Reminding me of the 1992 and a resounding success in the vintage, The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins is a seamless, elegant and beautifully complex effort that’s worth seeking out. Offering up notions of sandalwood, sweet cherries, pepper and exotic spice, it is medium-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate. Finesse-driven, with terrific complexity and nuance, this beauty is already accessible and a joy to drink. Enjoy it over the coming decade or more.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £5,135.00
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2012 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,892.00
2012

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2012 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-96)

According to Marcel Bonneau on this visit, all of the 2012 wine will be bottled as Reserve des Celestins. Tasted from barrel, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins flirts with that fine line between deep, chocolaty richness and raisiny over-ripeness. This is full-bodied and powerful but silky at the same time. If it's bottled soon, it should be amazing.
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 1 94-96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,892.00
Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2015 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,562.00
2015

Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Celestins 2015 (3x150cl)
Delivery to Storage from 25 Oct 2021

Rhone 3x150cl 1 - In Bond: £1,562.00

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