Legendary winemaker Henri Bonneau passed away in 2016. He was a quirky winemaker, known for his mythical cuvee Reserve des Celestins, the estate's flagship wine. Made in miniscule quantities, its character is based on the terroir of le Crau. Wines like Celestins and Rayas don't always get the 100 point scores you would think, but they have something unique - that magical x-factor which is as rare as the wine itself. Winemakers like Jayer, Pontallier, Conterno, Jacques Reynaud, and Henri Bonneau leave an indelible mark on a region, uncovering the essence of great terroir.
There's about 1 case of this wine available on the American market - These are pristine bottles, still in their original scarlet red wrappers.
Looks browning and tired, but smells raw and untamed, with a powerful core of braised chestnut, flint, currant paste, bittersweet cocoa and brick dust. The long, grip-filled finish echoes with blood sausage, cedar and prune. Despite its power, the riveting acidity keeps this focused and driven. Drink now through 2026. - JM, Wine Spectator
The 2000 Reserve des Celestins has perfumed and expressive aromatics of garrigue, spice, tapenade, leather and earth that lead into a full bodied, rich palate. The wine has a great texture, impeccable balance and has a long finish. While still a youngster, this is very approachable now. - Jeb Dunnuck
Dark red. Explosively aromatic nose features intense floral-accented red berry and cherry notes and a potent mocha quality. Velvety in texture and strikingly deep, with sweet kirsch and blackberry flavors lifted by a refreshing mineral tone on the back. The endless finish, featuring suave tannins, is lush and seamless. - Josh Raynolds, VInous Media