2011 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090809 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (52% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot): Bright red. Aromatic nose of red berries, sweet spices, cedar and dusty minerals. Sweet, soft and clean, with red berry flavors dominating. Finishes with harmonious acidity and very good length. This is the best vintage of Bernadotte in some time: in 2011 the higher clay content of the soil and the later-ripening site allowed this wine to develop very good intensity and depth of flavor. Though it may surprise some to read this, in 2011 Bernadotte is not really that far behind its much more famous stablemate Pichon-Lalande (both are owned by the Rouzaud family of Louis Roederer fame) in quality. This is one of the true sleepers of the vintage.  (5/2012)

James Suckling

 A wine that shows attractive currant and chocolate character. Medium body, with soft tannins and a delicious finish.  (4/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the owners of Pichon-Lalande, this 2011 Haut-Medoc exhibits an attractive dark ruby/plum color as well as black currant, tobacco leaf and earthy notes, medium body, and 5-7 years of drinkability.  (4/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 Made by the same team as Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, this wine is ripe, full and satisfying. It has smooth red berry fruits that are sustained by subtle wood aging and given a final lift by the acidity. For medium-term aging, so drink from 2016.  (5/2014)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
Good richness on the palate, this simple and easy, this is Bordeaux you won't need to cellar long (or perhaps at all), and that you'll be able to enjoy at dinner parties for the decade to come.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2013 | Send Email
Pretty light and lean, slightly sweet with red fruits. Simple, decent.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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