The husband-and-wife team of Eric Bonnet and Julia Moro (who run the winery) are part of a dynamic group of young winemakers whose wines are challenging the famous names of the region in quality, if not, thankfully, in price. Located in the commune of Courthézon along the eastern border of the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC, the nearly 26-acre vineyard was founded by Eric’s parents, Gérard and Marie-Claude Bonnet, in 1976. Julia says of their approach: “Old-fashioned Chãteauneuf is very gamey, very heavy. We prefer freshness, elegance, minerality.” The estate is in conversion to organic farming and will be certified in 2014. Organically grown grapes.
What The Critics Say
97/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"All Grenache from the sandy soils of Pignan (nord) and matured in stainless steel, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan boasts enormous levels of purple raspberries, plums and apricots. Full-bodied, plush and creamy textured, it delivers waves of supple, rich, concentrated fruit, plus enough spicy-herbal complexity to keep things interesting. An unadulterated expression of ripe Grenache, it's even more compelling than the stellar 2015 version. 500 cases produced." Drink 2018 - 2035
98/100 Wine Cellar Insider
"This is pure silk and sensuality. The fruit is perfectly ripe, the tannins and soft, polished and uplifting. The wine offers sweetness of fruit, purity, spicy notes and a long, complex, licorice, spice and pure, red cherry finish. A few years in the cellar will add even more character and omplexity. The wine was made from 100% old vine Grenache."
94/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Bright ruby. Mineral-driven black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake aromas are complemented by hints of incense, licorice candy and pungent flowers. Seamless and impressively concentrated, offering seductively sweet, smoke-accented dark berry, cherry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors sharpened by a late kick of peppery spices. Rich yet energetic in style, finishing with excellent clarity and velvety tannins that sneak in late." Drink 2023 - 2032
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