Henri Bonneau (1938-2016) was 12th generation of a family of wine growers. He made his first vintage in 1956. His domaine covers only 6.5 ha., mainly planted with Grenache that counts for about 90% of the blend added with small amounts of Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vaccarèse.
90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, Counoise & Vaccarèse
One of the latest to pick, the fruit for the Reserve des Celestins comes from the famed la Crau lieu-dit, from vines of around 30 years old.
The grapes are lightly crushed with 100% whole cluster, then ferments for three weeks in concrete tanks with frequent pump-overs for gentle extraction. Press wine is added and the wine is aged in a range of neutral barrels that are not younger than 10 years old.
The wines are made all the same way, and the distinction between each Cuvee is decided just a few weeks before bottling.