• BCFR22016


BERNADOTTE 2016 Haut Medoc - Cru Bourgeois Superieur - France - Red Wine

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Type: Red Wine
Year: 2016
Volume: 75 cl


Tasting Notes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. In the glass, Bernadotte offers a deep ruby color. On the nose, it showcases aromas of red fruits with hints of spices and undergrowth; the bouquet is expressive and sustained. On the palate, the generosity asserts itself, the attack is fresh, the structure is tannic and the finish is long.  


The estate has a great terroir, bordering prestigious Pauillac classified growths. The new Cru Bourgeois classification (as of 2018 vintage) has recognized Bernadotte’s quality, history, and singularity, awarding Bernadotte “Crus Bourgeois Supérieur" (the highest classification for Haut-Medoc wines).Bernadotte borders the Pauillac appellation and is a mere 3 miles from the Grand Cru's Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. Their vines average 30 years in age and are planted in a similar fashion to Pauillac's Grand Cru Classé wines. The terroirs are subdivided in order to maximize the overall quality of the wine. The estate goes a step further to deliberately lower yields, increasing the overall quality of the grapes and keeping the rootstock healthy.The estate's wine production is overseen by one of Bordeaux's greats, Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus. Pauillac is often seen as Bordeaux's greatest appellation. Chateau Bernadotte is a rare find for connoisseurs of value Bordeaux, offering Pauillac-like quality without the $100+ price tag.

Formerly known as Chateau Fournas, this estate was renamed Bernadotte in 1997 after a past owner, Marshal Bernadotte, who was the Sovereign Prince under the rule of Napoleon I. Madame de Lencquesaing, owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande at the time, acquired Chateau Bernadotte in 1997 and proceeded to renovate every aspect of the estate. It is currently owned by the King Power Group who took possession in 2012.Aging: 12-18 months in French oak barrels (30% new wood). 


The 44 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Bernadotte is planted to 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. This is a change in the vineyard with much more Merlot being planted and the small amount of Cabernet Franc has been removed. The terroir is gravel and sand with some clay in the soil on sloping hillsides, which rise to 31 meters at their peak. The vineyard On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vines are planted to a density of 6,500 vines per hectare with newer plantings taking place at 10,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are a respectable 30 years of age. Harvests are done by machine. To produce the wine of Chateau Bernadotte, vinification takes place in 23, large, temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the tank. The wines of Chateau Bernadotte are then aged in an average of 30% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. On average, the large Medoc vineyard produces close to 20,000 cases of Chateau Bernadotte per year. The estate also makes a second wine, Le Fournas Bernadotte.The best vintages of Chateau Bernadotte are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009 and 2005.