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Haut Medoc

Bernadotte, Haut Medoc 2014

R275

46 in stock

Notes

Chateau Bernadotte has seen quite a bit of investment over the last few decades contributing to a steady rise in reputation. This is therefore a remarkable wine considering the price, a Haut-Médoc in name with Pauillac aspiration.

The Haut-Médoc is home to the 'famous four' Bordeaux appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien and this classic claret dances on the edge of Pauillac. Chateau Bernadotte 2014 is just over a kilometre away from Mouton Rothschild; produced from the same coveted gravel, with Cabernet Sauvignon at its core and rounded out by Merlot it has terrific freshness and classic grainy tannins, an old school Claret.

2014 was a great vintage in Bordeaux allowing terroir to shine and the Chateau Bernadotte 2014 offers refinement, elegance with a great structure. The acidity is particularly bright with freshness a hallmark along the length of the palate. The tannins are nicely shaped, although firm with a two to three year period needed for a further softening. That said, this wine is sensational with food so no need to wait.

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Bernadotte is dense, plush and inviting. Succulent red stone fruit, pomegranate and expressive floral notes are all fused together in this deep, pliant Haut-Médoc. The 2014 is best cellared for another year or two, as the tannins are a bit firm today and the oak needs to fully integrate. Even so, the 2014 is gorgeous.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, 91/100

'The 2014 Bernadotte has a spicy, more exotic bouquet than its peers with black pepper and touches of fennel infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, plenty of black fruit laced with pencil lead and tar, solid but not sinewy, good mass but like the 2014 Cantemerle, it just needs to develop more finesse and personality towards the finish. Give it three or four years. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.' – Neal Martin (tasted March 2018), Vinous.com, 89/100

Chateau Bernadotte has seen quite a bit of investment over the last few decades contributing to a steady rise in reputation. This is therefore a remarkable wine considering the price, a Haut-Médoc in name with Pauillac aspiration.

The Haut-Médoc is home to the 'famous four' Bordeaux appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien and this classic claret dances on the edge of Pauillac. Chateau Bernadotte 2014 is just over a kilometre away from Mouton Rothschild; produced from the same coveted gravel, with Cabernet Sauvignon at its core and rounded out by Merlot it has terrific freshness and classic grainy tannins, an old school Claret.

2014 was a great vintage in Bordeaux allowing terroir to shine and the Chateau Bernadotte 2014 offers refinement, elegance with a great structure. The acidity is particularly bright with freshness a hallmark along the length of the palate. The tannins are nicely shaped, although firm with a two to three year period needed for a further softening. That said, this wine is sensational with food so no need to wait.

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Bernadotte is dense, plush and inviting. Succulent red stone fruit, pomegranate and expressive floral notes are all fused together in this deep, pliant Haut-Médoc. The 2014 is best cellared for another year or two, as the tannins are a bit firm today and the oak needs to fully integrate. Even so, the 2014 is gorgeous.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, 91/100

'The 2014 Bernadotte has a spicy, more exotic bouquet than its peers with black pepper and touches of fennel infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, plenty of black fruit laced with pencil lead and tar, solid but not sinewy, good mass but like the 2014 Cantemerle, it just needs to develop more finesse and personality towards the finish. Give it three or four years. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.' – Neal Martin (tasted March 2018), Vinous.com, 89/100

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Country

FR

Region

Bordeaux

Style

Red

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