Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
Rhone Red Blends
from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
La Bernardine is an intense crimson-red color. The aromas are complex but subtle with blackcurrant and plum layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon and black cherry. On the palate, spice, licorice and both dark and red fruits.
alcohol by volume:
"graceful, silky style, with a core of blueberry and raspberry fruit that hangs in reserve while notes of anise, spice bread and roasted vanilla caress the edges. The polished finish lets the fruit and spice notes hang nicely. Best from 2012 through 2022."
"A solid effort from Chapoutier is his largest Cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, the La Bernardine. Deep ruby, with textbook black cherry, garrigue, pepper and spice, this wine is medium to full-bodied , very pure, and exhibits a good, peppery, heady finish. It should drink nicely for up to a decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Chapoutier has fashioned a full-bodied, creamy-textured 2009 Le Bernardine, with dark, plummy fruit and a hint of chocolate liqueur that ably reflect the warm vintage. Yet despite all of the lushness, the wine doesn't come across as heavy or overdone, making it attractive for early drinking. Try now–2018."
"Deep ruby. Sexy raspberry and potpourri aromas are complemented by notes of anise and peppery spices. Sappy and sweet, offering penetrating red fruit flavors and suggestions of allspice and licorice. Supple and precise, with good finishing cut and sweetness.
Range: 89-91 "
International Wine Cellar
"This is lush with lilac scents and liqueur-sweet cherry fruit, a seductive red with ease and charm. Don't let it fool you, however: The tannins may be round but they are firm as well, ready for a thick steak or another six to ten years in the cellar."
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