“Marcel Bonneau is the ultimate non-interventionist, hand-crafting Natural wines from very low-yields.”
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. Successive layers of fluvial and calcareous marine sediments formed reliefs and geological diversities in the Southern Rhône. The valley’s soils consists nowadays of four different types of rock: granite, sandy silica, limestone and clay. Here the bedrock plays a major role by allowing different access to water and nutrients depending on the soils compositions
History / Ethos
Domaine Henri Bonneau & Fils is a Grenache partisan estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape dating back to 1667. Marcel Bonneau, 13th generation is now in charge. This domaine is a reference point for traditionally made Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The holdings are just above 9 hectares, which includes 6,5 hectares split in 13 different plots in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 3 hectares in Ardèche for the Les Rouliers wine. Very low yields and very long ageing are the signature of Bonneau’s wines.