($325) Deep red. Incredibly complex, wild bouquet of red fruit liqueur, botanical herbs, fresh and dried lavender, anise, smoked game and minerals. Round, sweet and impossibly deep, offering a smorgasbord of ripe red and dark berry flavors complicated by candied licorice, floral pastilles and succulent herbs. Becomes more vibrant on the finish, leaving a broad swath of sappy red fruits in its trail.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Idiosyncratic, with mature notes of dried clove, orange peel, coffee, cedar, date and bittersweet cocoa, followed by an iron-driven finish where buried acidity keeps this lengthy. Has plenty of grip in reserve, along with character to burn.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
Revisiting Bonneau's recently released 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins is a real treat as this cuvee flirts with perfection. Already revealing some pink and amber at the edge, the color is surprisingly evolved for a wine from this vintage. However, that's deceptive as the aromatics offer incredible aromas of dried flowers, beef blood, spice, figs, sweet black currants and kirsch, smoked game, lavender, and sweaty but attractive saddle leather-like notes. Full-bodied and massively endowed, with abundant silky tannins, it possesses the balance to age for 30+ years.