The generosity of Merlot on this early- ripening terroir brings an exuberant expression to the wine. Ripe grapes bring a silky, velvety texture in the mouth, and a strikingly aromatic nose. Bonalgue is open and engaging when young (2-6 years), it doesn’t close down, but after a few years of ageing (7-15 years) reveals its more sophisticated side without ever losing its voluptuous nature.
Bonalgue is the result of generations of work. Bearing testament to this is the captain of Napoleon’s army who housed the arms of his regiment here, or the little girl who lived here before World War I and who wrote the moving words, “I leave to you all my memories of dear Bonalgue, witness to the happiest days of my life”. There is here, under the shade of the lebannon cedar trees, a magic that resonates through the people, and the wines: land of freedom, legendary terroir. Ever since the French Revolution, the ‘Stones of Bonalgue’ have given a striking maturity to the grapes that grow here. The techniques may have changed but the spirit stays the same... Since 1926, the Bourotte family has enjoyed the freedom to work on this land unencumbered. The maturity of the grapes at harvest is the key to Bonalgue’s great charm. Its personality is an early terroir, fully ripe grapes with silky, velvety and a strikingly aromatic nose. Harvesters, cellar workers, vineyard managers and owners; are all attempting, year after year, to fully respect these much loved attributes of Bomalgue.