2000 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1001833 Jancis Robinson

 Managed by the Pichon Lalande team nowadays. Powerfully fruity wine - more fruity than most of this type. Racy, elegant and flirtatious. Lovely texture and more approachable than most. If Potensac is masculine stereotype, this is certainly stereotypically feminine. 16.5/20 points  (10/2003)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This property (which borders Lafite, Mouton, and Pontet-Canet) is owned by the proprietors of Pichon-Lalande. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the 2000 is an elegant, nicely textured, smoky, sweet wine offering scents of caramels intermixed with black currants, cherries, cedar, and licorice. Supple-textured and lush, it should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. A sleeper of the vintage. (RP)  (4/2003)


 Black cherry, cassis, spices and licorice on the nose. Lush and spicy, with very good depth of flavor and vinosity. Complicating hints of minerals and tobacco. Quite full for this wine, and ripely tannic on the finish.  (5/2002)

K&L Notes

In four short years, the Pichon Lalande team has brought this fine property, bordering Pauillac, to the forefront of value wines. This is their best effort to date. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 40% Merlot. Lots of cassis fruit and black licorice that surrounds the copious tannins. A racy, new wave fruitiness-fresh and lively on the palate. Excellent.

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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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