Chapoutier La Bernardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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Item No. 121919
  • WE93
  • WS91
  • W&S91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Intense crimson-red. Complex but subtle with blackcurrant and plum layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon and black cherry. Spice, liquorice and both dark and red fruits.

Critical Acclaim

"The best La Bernardine I can recall, this is a wonderfully full-bodied, yet elegant rendering of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Garrigue and floral notes make a healthy impression on the nose, while the expansive herb and black cherry flavors linger on the silky finish. Drink now through 2025."
93 Points

"A solid, pure style, with a beam of very fresh plum, black cherry and toasted anise notes moving through, followed by pretty hints of tar and red licorice on the polished, accessible finish. Shows more balance than oomph and should hang on nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2020."
91 Points

"This is very sexy syrah, lush and purple and polished to a high sheen. It might seem overworked if it weren't for all the spice and rocks underneath, a structural firmness you can sink your teeth into."
91 Points

Learn About Chapoutier Map ItMap It

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhone 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 Rhone Valley. Marius...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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