Dear Wine Lover,
Today's offering is for a producer from Northern Rhone: Domaine Patrick et Christophe Bonnefond. Patrick and Christophe have managed the domaine since 1990 and have quietly been refining their style since. They are now producing some of the most elegant Northern Rhônes - highly expressive on the nose, full of finesse and complexity, and perfectly balanced.
The cellars are in the commune of Mornas. The vineyards however are located in some of the very best sites on the hillside - Les Rochains on the Cote Brune just next to Guigal's La Landonne. They are producing 300 cases per vintage of the Les Rochains, from 50-year old,100% Syrah vines. The Colline de Couzou was first produced in 2009. Bonnefond harvests late, to obtain maximum ripeness. The entire crop is destemmed. Their terroir is mostly schist, mica and granite soils.
Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks. For Les Rochains, the wines are aged in as much as 90% new, French oak barrels, with the remaining 10% of the harvest aged in new, American oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months. The wine displays rich textures, good freshness and lush textures, Of the three wines, Les Rochains is the finest. Cote Rotie is always expensive, due to its high quality and low production. However, Bonnefond still remains well priced for a wine at this level of quality.
Mix and match them in a case and you’ll get 10% off. Shipping is always included in the cost of the wine when you ship six or more bottles in a box.
Chris & Michael
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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