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. Drink 2018-2026.
|Score: 91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
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. 2019 - 2028
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 La Bernadotte has a brisk black cherry and raspberry-scented nose with dried leaf and graphite notes lending complexity. This is well defined and displays good vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supple in the mouth with clean, fresh and quite minerally red fruit. This is a pretty Bernadotte that should give plenty of drinking pleasure over the next decade. Tasted September 2016.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016|
Attractive walnut and cassis character married to some spicy oak, and there’s a balance of dry tannins, fresh acidity and a sleek body that’s really classic and harmonious. Hard not to drink now.
|Score: 90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
Tasted blind. Rather different on the nose from its peers; not so obviously Cabernet. Almost as though there were some animally Malbec in there. Masses of acid on the end. Very drying finish.
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
A bright ruby colour in the glass, with a lifted hedgerow fruit and menthol nose, and just a touch of spicy complexity. The palate is juicy, with crunchy cherry and plum fruits supported by chalky tannins and fresh acidity. Light savoury, smoky notes add hints of earthy, spice complexity through to a long and juicy finish.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, February 2018|
The great dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend has given this wine both a fine structure and crisp swathes of black-currant fruit. It is a firm wine at this stage, although the fine fruitiness will become an important part of the taste. The estate is named after one of Napoleon's generals who became King of Sweden. Drink from 2021.
|Score: 91||Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017|