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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
(search item no. 108832)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $48.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an intense crimson-red.

The aroma is complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon and cherry.

On the palate the wine opens into spicy liquorice and fruity aromas.

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About M. Chapoutier:

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhône valley than M. Chapoutier.

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.