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2005 Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1039459 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, flowers and mint. Cool, juicy and leanish but with good lift to the pure red fruit flavors. Ultimately conveys a rather austere impression, with the finish showing a tart quality and firm tannic spine.  (6/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Tea leaf aromas, with raspberry and blackberry, lead to a medium-to-full body, with soft, silky tannins and a pretty aftertaste. Best after 2008. (Web-2008)

K&L Notes

If you follow Bordeaux you've no doubt heard about Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (we typically shorten that to just "Pichon Lalande"). In 1997, Pichon Lalande acquired Château Bernadotte in an area that borders the Pauillac appellation, just west of several classified growths and only a few kilometers away from Pichon. This property particularly interested Madame de Lencquesaing, who was in charge at Pichon Lalande, due to the quality of the soil and it's location near Pauillac and more than a couple prestigious classified growths. Immediately they began investing in the vineyards, vat room and cellars and elsewhere around the property. If you want to taste a delicious wine made by a world class team, at a fraction of the cost of the big names, and from a sensational vintage, look no further.

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