2005, Bonneau, Chateauneuf Du Pape Celestins

Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France
Red

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 96

Drinking Dates: 2015-2035

Critic: Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted: 28-Feb-2015

Surprisingly, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins was much more open, rounded and sexy than the more austere, angular Marie Beurrier. This is a gorgeous, classic effort by Bonneau that's overflowing with notions of sweet Grenache fruit, Provencal garrigue, cured meats, beef blood and spice. The aromatics alone are worth the price of admission, and the palate doesn't lose a beat, with full-bodied richness, a full, layered, concentrated mid-palate and sweet tannin on the finish. Like the Marie Beurrier, the acidity here is elevated, yet in this case, it's beautifully woven into the wine. It offers serious pleasure now, yet will have no problems continuing to evolve nicely for another 15+ years