The Haut-Médoc is home to the ‘famous four’ Bordeaux appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien and this classic claret dances on the edge of Pauillac. Chateau Bernadotte 2014 is just over a kilometre away from Mouton Rothchild; produced from the same coveted gravel, with Cabernet Sauvignon at its core and rounded out by Merlot it has terrific freshness and classic grainy tannins, an old school Claret.
2014 was a great vintage in Bordeaux allowing terroir to shine and the Chateau Bernadotte 2014 offers refinement, elegance with a great structure. The acidity is particularly bright with freshness a hallmark along the length of the palate. The tannins are nicely shaped, although firm with a two to three year period needed for a further softening. That said, this wine is sensational with food so no need to wait.
Chateau Bernadotte, Haut-Medoc 2014 – R275
The 2014 Bernadotte is dense, plush and inviting. Succulent red stone fruit, pomegranate and expressive floral notes are all fused together in this deep, pliant Haut-Médoc. The 2014 is best cellared for another year or two, as the tannins are a bit firm today and the oak needs to fully integrate. Even so, the 2014 is gorgeous. – Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017, 91/100
The great dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend has given this wine both a fine structure and crisp swathes of black-currant fruit. It is a firm wine at this stage, although the fine fruitiness will become an important part of the taste. The estate is named after one of Napoleon’s generals who became King of Sweden. Drink from 2021. – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017, 91/100