2006 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc (Previously $19.99)

SKU #1045045

According to the Wine Spectator: "Plenty of good fruit. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Pleasant." (Web only, 2007) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(51% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) Bright ruby-tinged red. Cool aromas of currant, cherry and mint. Juicy, pliant and sweet, with a bit more texture than past vintages. Finishes with chewy but nicely ripe tannins." (May/Jun '07) According to Robert Parker: "Primarily a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a small amount of Petit Verdot, this offering (from the owners of Pichon Lalande) exhibits a classic style with notes of licorice, roasted herbs, cedar, and black currants. Medium-bodied with fine ripeness as well as moderate tannin, purchasers should cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 12-15." (02/09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-nice black berry aromas. Red fruit flavors-pure and maybe too tannic. At the property it was expressive on the nose. Sweet and forward fruit-great palate entry. Starts out on feminine side and finishes with some masculine muscle. Good effort. ½*

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2009 | Send Email
This is an elegant wine that displays good quality and a great value. There lots of herbs with subtle red fruit aromas on the nose followed by currants and cedar on the palate. The tannins on this wine are still astringent with good acidity and an a more elegant mouthfeel. The finish is all cedar as well as some herbs and fruit. This wine should be bought by the case.

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