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
A sleeper of the vintage, this estate, owned by the proprietors of Pichon Lalande, has produced a seductive, charming 2011. Composed of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers up a seductive bouquet of tobacco leaf, red and dark berry fruit, and hints of cedar, wood smoke and earth. Ripe, medium-bodied and silky smooth, this dense ruby/plum/purple-colored La Bernadotte can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years.
Has a brisk edge, with spice-tinged damson plum and crushed raspberry fruit that moves quickly through a slightly extracted finish
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.