1998 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Speciale

- 750 ml
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The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale is an Amarone-styled Chateauneuf du Pape with some residual sugar and close to 17% natural alcohol. It needs to be consumed carefully at the end of a meal or as dessert. A bedroom nearby might also be essential. Not really that sweet, aromas of espresso, chocolate, plum pudding, and black fruits are offered in an enormously constituted, full-bodied style that oozes extract and richness. This amazing effort should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 98 RP
Dark red-ruby. Like a port of Chateauneuf on the nose: berry liqueur, prune, dried herbs, dark chocolate. Extremely powerful and surmuri, in the style of a dry port. But this could hardly be mistaken for anything but Chateauneuf du Pape. Liqueur-like fruits and chocolate carry through to the very long, warm finish, which features substantial but fine tannins. This finished its fermentation with 16.7% alcohol and just under four grams per liter of residual sugar. As with the Celestins and Cuvee Speciale from the 1990 vintage, you will prefer the latter wine if you're after sheer headspinning richness, but if plan to drink the wine as wine, you'll probably get more pleasure from the Celestins.

Vinous Media | 98 VM
This offers an aroma of chocolate-covered prunes stewing on the stove, along with notes of brick dust, black currant preserve, fresh espresso and powdered rust. Powerfully tannic and very heady, with layers of overripe fruit on the finish. Drinks like a Bual Madeira infused with black truffles, yet it somehow manages to maintain a sense of freshness. Amazing, but not for everyone. Drink now through 2025.

Wine Spectator | 98 WS
A unique and wild expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the 1998 Henri Bonneau Cuvée Spéciale is late harvest Grenache in all its glory. Heady and port like, with an Amarone profile of ripe plum, blood, garrigue, and brown sugar, the wine is brilliant on the palate with a seamless, full bodied profile, sweet fruit, and a blockbuster finish. This is certainly not for the faint of heart, and if you have a dislike for high alcohol wines you should avoid this, but it’s utterly unique and downright captivating. While not the match of the ’90 right now, I think this will surpass that wine in 10 years.

Jeb Dunnuck | 95 JD

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 1998
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer H.Bonneau
Rating 98 RP
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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