- Domaine Patrick and Christophe Bonnefond
- Côte Rôtie
- 2025 - 2045
- Case size
- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
This cuvée is sourced from the 40-50 year old vines in the Côte Brune’s Côte Rozier parcel (the younger vines are blended into the Colline de Couzou cuvée). The 2020 is 50% whole bunch, and while we were unable to taste Christophe’s wines this year, he tells us that he is very pleased with the 2020s which have plenty of freshness. Leading critic John Livingstone-Learmonth managed to make it to France in July and taste with Christophe. He says the 2020 Côte Rozier “has great appeal, finesse in the fruit… The palate is very expressive, softly and neatly textured, is a cosy Rozier”.
John Livingstone-Learmonth, October 2021
Dark robe; lucid nose here, a ping of black fruit/cherry with oak, has great appeal, finesse in the fruit, very sure it is. The palate is very expressive, softly and neatly textured, is a cosy Rozier with an aromatic aftertaste, just peeking out there. This has good frame, structure. Grainy tannins with a discreetly nourishing presence sit here, the length sure. It has a good, slightly Nordic fineness that goes down well. 50% whole bunch.
Domaine Patrick and Christophe Bonnefond
This estate in the commune of Mornas is perched up on the hills just behind the Côte Rôtie escarpment and is run by brothers Patrick and Christophe Bonnefond. The domaine’s style is a modern and polished approach to Northern Rhône Syrah. The wines have a compact richness, which is matched by up to 50% new oak in the top cuvées, giving the black fruit toasty smoky notes. The Colline de Couzou is a blend of fruit from the Côte Blonde and the Côte Brune, whilst the Rochains and Rozier both come from the heart of the Côte Brune whose schist and mica-schist soils typically give more structure to the wines than the finer, more delicate character of the granite soils found in the Côte Blonde. The Bonnefond vineyard sites are of exceptional quality; their Les Rochains parcel lies just next to Guigal’s La Landonne. The wines are never fined, and only undergo a light filtration before bottling. Christophe likes to include some press wine in the final blends, giving them a creamy richness. Their style is slick and seductive.
Only a red wine appellation, Côte Rôtie is the most northern of all Rhône appellations and is produced mostly from Syrah, although Viognier may contribute up to 20% of the blend. Its terroir is divided into two categories. Côte Brune's soil is comprised of iron-entrenched granite giving thesoil a rich red-brown colour. As a result, it creates wine of notable power and concentration that usually needs time in the cellar to soften and develop. Heading south down the slope towards Condrieu, one encounters Côte Blonde, an area comprised of decomposed schist and mica that is lighter in colour and tends to produce elegantly styled wine for earlier consumption (most of the area's Viognier is grown here). Many traditional producers of Côte Rôtie feel that their best wines are a blend of the two.