Bernadotte 2009

SubregionLeft Bank

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Tasting Notes

Elegant raspberry, red and black currant, and earthy, loamy underbrush and soil tones make for a very attractive and fragrant bouquet. This ripe, medium to full-bodied wine should drink well for 10-15+ years.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

The finest La Bernadotte made to date, this 2009 is an undeniable sleeper of the vintage. Composed of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, it reveals a dense purple color along with a big, sweet kiss of black cherries, black currants, charcoal, and spice. With layers of fruit, decent acidity, freshness, and precision, and an opulent, fleshy, succulent style, it should drink easily for a decade or more. (Tasted once.) Dirnk 2010-2020.

Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

This has a slightly disjointed nose at first, blackberry, a touch of smoke, something a little estuarine perhaps. Coalescing nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied: firm tannins, good definition, a slight powdery texture, very fine clarity and sense of joie de vivre towards the symmetrical finish. Conservative but very well focused. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin,, April 2010

Lots of ripe fruit with hints of cheese and earth on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins that are round and intense. Serious density of fruit here. Better in a year or two.

Score: 92James Suckling,, July 2014

A solid core of fruit in this young claret, with blackberry and chocolate character, medium body and medium finish. Dense and straightforward

Score: 87/90James Suckling,, March 2010

Tasted blind. Dull, dark crimson with a pale rim. Heady, almost right-bank opulence on the nose. Very flattering and ripe and spreads all the way across the palate. Very flattering without being too sweet. Long. GV
Drink 2021-2033

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2019

From the Pichon Lalande stable. Extremely dark crimson. Just a hint of farmyard on the nose. Very sweet start and really quite round and fleshy. An early maturer but one that should bring a lot of pleasure. Pretty alcoholic on the finish though. Not for purists but could be very useful for restaurants and airlines. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2014-2019.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

This Haut Medoc property is situated just outside the boundary of the Pauillac appellation. It is owned and managed by Pichon Lalande and has the same wine-making team. Always a reliable, good value cru bourgeois. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 56% Merlot. Aged in 30% new oak. Sweet, creamy and very approachable for a primeur sample. A touch of toast from the 30% new oak barrels. This will be lovely at an early age, sure to be a bargain. Probably the best ever from this property.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, November 2009

The fruit is ripe fleshing out the nose and giving sweetness on the palate. Backing the mix of blackcurrant and bramble is red cherry its freshness balancing the sweetness and giving brightness on the finish. Drink 2019-2035.

Score: 87/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Dense red, good spicy, supple rich fruit, good fleshy length, quite seductive and good tannins to keep it going. Drink 2013-18.

Score: 16+Steven Spurrier,, April 2010

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