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M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense crimson-red. Nose is complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, morello cherry. Palate opens into spicy (licorice) and fruity aromas.

Pair with tuna fish carpaccio, all meats (marinated or in sauces), large game and all cheeses.

Blend: 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still in concrete, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape la Bernardine is the most flattering young version of this cuvée I can recall tasting. Loaded with black cherry fruit, it's full-bodied, rich and velvety yet not overdone, showing subtle dried spice notes and a long, fresh finish. It should drink well for a decade.
Range: 91-93
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Rich but gentle-edged, with an open-knit core of warmed raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blood orange flavors, laced with sandalwood, shiso leaf and lavender notes. Features a lightly dusty finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2030.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Made mostly of grenache and fermented entirely in cement tanks, this is a study in cherry, from the fleshy give of its pulp and the dark bitterness of its skins to the floral notes and spice of its blossoms and bark. Compressed at first, it opens with time in the glass, a graceful Châteauneuf to pair with seared duck breasts.
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
The entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the 2016 La Bernardine, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from equal parts sandy and rolled stone terroirs. Medium to full-bodied, supple and sexy, with notes of lavender, black cherries, blackberries, and pepper spice, it should be drunk over the coming 7-8 years.
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M. Chapoutier, France
M. Chapoutier Michel Chapoutier at Ermitage Winery Image
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 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.

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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is white. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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