This wine is based on vineyards from the west of Chateauneuf but also receives some declassified Estate Chateauneuf fruit too. It is a summary and starting point to the Bonneau style and range. it is mercifully affordable too. One sniff, sip and swallow will give you an idea of the depth, class and prestige you get from his wines. Drink soon (it is a multi vintage blend) with a beef stew.
It is not often you get to drink these great wines because they are rare and expensive. The reason is because they represent some of the best Grenache in the world. Henri’s first vintage was in 1956 and he was active until he passed away in 2016. His method was simple: Very low yields, very late harvesting. Long aging in barrels (the wines are bottled when Henri thinks they are ready)
Chateauneuf du Pape – The house of the New Pope. Where Grenache transcends its tendency towards mediocrity and because a noble variety. The reds can be a blend of up to 15 varieties with the main three being Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Some estates use all 15, some use as little as one. With a range of terriors and blending options it is hard to pin down CNDP to one style, so find a producer you like and find out their conspirators. The ability to age here is the same as great Burgundy or Bordeaux. The whites can be as outstanding as the reds but definitely on the expensive side.
Grenache – AKA Garnacha. Originally a Spanish variety it is known for being aromatic, low in acid with moderate tannin and high in alcohol. Quite often Grenache is blended with other varieties to add structure and tame its exuberance. The top wines of Priorat, Rioja, Chateauneuf du Pape or Barossa can age extremely well.