1998 M. Chapoutier "La Bernardine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #991397 92 points Wine Spectator

 Impressive. Ripe, rich and full-bodied, showing silky texture, with lots of plum, red berry and blackberry character. Also digging for the earth,with a nice minerally, chalky personality that comes through on the long, tightly structured finish. (PM)  (6/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Shaded ruby. Warm and sweet and appealing. Some violets and real richness. Yes! 18/20 points (JR)  (2/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Chapoutier's 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine (100,000 bottles produced) may be outstanding. It is drinking even better from bottle than it did from cask. This wine exhibits a deep plum/garnet color, and a big, smoky nose of dried herbs, black cherry jam, plums, and licorice. There is excellent concentration, considerable quantities of spice box in the flavors, a dense, chewy mid-palate, and a long, moderately tannic finish. It can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years. (RP)  (10/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Moderately saturated medium red. Roasted cherry, tobacco and smoke on the nose; shows a jammy ripeness. Ripe, plump and sweet, with a lush texture and sweet tannin. Finishes with very good length. (ST)  (2/2001)

K&L Notes

Chapoutier 'La Bernardine' Chateauneuf du Pape has a nose of spice box excellent integration of an intoxicating mix of red and black fruits, leather and earthy spice on the palate from bottle age. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a classic wine from this famous producer and vintage!

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Chateauneuf du Pape