2015 La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hesperides

  • 97 Point Vintage ~Wine Spectator
  • It's Up with the Crème de la Crème of the Vintage" ~96 Jeb Dunnuck
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About the Wine

"Located near Courthezon, La Bastide Saint Dominque is run with incredible talent by Eric Bonnet. The 2015s are certainly impressive." ~Jeb Dunnuck

Step into the heart of Provence, where the sun-drenched vineyards of La Bastide Saint Dominique yield a wine that embodies the essence of Southern Rhône elegance. Nestled in the foothills of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this family estate has been crafting exceptional wines for over four decades.The story of Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique began in 1976. Four years later, in 1980, the estate celebrated a milestone moment as they proudly produced, bottled, and sold their inaugural wine.

Built around a former 16th century chapel, the estate was founded by Marie-Claude and Gérard Bonnet, La Bastide Saint Dominique began as a humble dream nurtured on just a few hectares of land. Now, under the stewardship of their son Eric, this legacy continues to flourish, spanning 123 acres and producing a range of esteemed wines.

Here, tradition meets innovation, as the estate embraces organic farming practices to preserve the richness of the soil and the integrity of the vines. The unique terroir, characterized by limestone soils and tempered by the Mistral wind, imparts a distinctive character to each bottle. The estate has been certified organic since 2011.

Eric Bonnet, the mastermind behind La Bastide Saint Dominique, began his winemaking journey in the renowned vineyards of Burgundy. Influenced by the region's delicate approach, he expertly balances power and detail in every bottle. This fusion of Burgundian finesse and Southern Rhône terroir creates wines of unparalleled elegance and complexity.

2015 was an epic year for CDP. This vintage was awarded 97 points by Wine Spectator who Said, "Grenache and Mourvèdre excelled; reds are rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit. In the style of 2009 and 2007, with better definition."

In the sun-drenched hills of Southern Rhône, the renowned "Les Hesperides" vineyard of La Bastide Saint Dominique unfolds across a little over 2 acres. Planted in 1950, these cherished vines produce grapes of exceptional quality. Committed to estate-grown and bottled wines, La Bastide Saint Dominique ensures that each sip embodies the essence of the land and the vineyard's rich heritage.

Aging: 18 months in vat for a part and in demi-muids (600 liters oak barrels) for another part.

Tasting Notes: 50% Grenache 50% Mourvedre. Rich nose of black berries, licorice, dark chocolate and oriental spices. Powerful mouth. Sensual tannic structure, dense and velvety finish.


Like the 2016, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hesperides is an even split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, from the les Bedines lieu-dit (100% sandy soils), that was completely destemmed and brought up mostly in stainless steel, with 20% in demi-muids. It’s a brilliant wine that offers lots of meaty, spice, licorice nuances, tons of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish. It’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and will keep for two decades. ~96 Jeb Dunnuck.

Dark ruby with purple reflections and delicate rim brightening. Delicate tobacco underlay with ripe plum confit, dark berries and subtle herbal savouriness. Complex and substantial with a sweet blackberry note, vivid tannins and a chocolatey finish, remains lasting, needs further bottle ageing. ~93 Falstaff

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