2011 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
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.
A wine that shows attractive currant and chocolate character. Medium body, with soft tannins and a delicious finish.
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.
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.