The appellation’s greatest guardian of traditional winemaking - 2010 Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Marie Beurrier

Posted by Ian McFadden

"The appellation’s greatest guardian of traditional winemaking" -Robert Parker
2010 Bonneau:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Marie Beurrier

The Châteauneufs of Henri Bonneau exist in their own universe.

While I find myself drinking less and less Châteauneuf these days, anytime that I have the opportunity to sit down with one of Bonneau's wines I get very excited.

They are some of the most magical and soulful wines around. He's the grand old wise man of the Southern Rhône.

Bonneau's Châteauneufs flaunt an unyielding traditional style. They are wildily complex and savage wines brimming with mystery. Powerful layers of fruit and spice are wrapped around an intense core of iron, mineral and game. The structure allows them to age for decades.

We really like 2010 in Châteauneuf. In 2010, you have power and concentration married with elegance, and ripeness allied with brightness and agility. Both Bonneau's Châteauneuf and Châteauneuf Marie Beurrier exemplify the best of the vintage. While Bonneau's epically powerful Celestin gets so much of the attention, its in vintages like 2010 that Marie Beurrier and the basic Châteauneuf really shine. In these vintages, they possess a mineral purity that's thrilling.

Bonneau is the Southern Rhône's cult producer. It's very difficult to find the wines in any quantity. What's on offer today represents a small parcel. I should warn you that allocations may be necessary.

To order, reply to the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits