The Haut-Médoc property of Château Bernadotte has seen quite a bit of investment over the last few decades, contributing to a steady rise in its reputation. The château lies just over 1km away from Mouton Rothschild with its vines planted on the same coveted gravel soils.
This is, therefore, a remarkable wine considering the price – a Haut-Médoc in name with Pauillac aspiration. The 2014 was a such a hit with our clients that we imported it twice! Wine Cellar landed a parcel of the coveted 2015 vintage two days ago and we’re delighted to offer it at a special price today. As ever, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon-led claret offers incredible value.
2015 was a great vintage for Bordeaux – with many comparing it to the much-lauded 2009 and 2010 vintages. Warm and dry summer conditions were tempered by early August rains, followed by cool temperatures during September and October. It resulted in generous, finely balanced, deep-fruited wines. The wonderful freshness, dark fruit and refined, firm tannins of the 2015 Bernadotte make it the perfect medium-bodied claret for your festive table!
Château Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc 2015
The 2015 Bernadotte shoots above my expectation. It has a clean and fresh bouquet with plenty of appealing graphite notes. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky black fruit sprinkled with black pepper, good length and nicely focused. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. – Neal Martin, Vinous, 90/100
Formerly the property of one of Napoleon’s generals, this estate is now performing impressively after renovations. This wine is richly structured and packed with black fruits. Dark tannins vie with black currants and ripe spice in this wine that will age well. Drink from 2024. – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 91/100
This has a very plush and slightly spicy palate with earthy notes as well as a gravelly, slightly leafy edge. The palate has a very composed core of fine, long tannins that finishes with gently grippy freshness. Try from 2021. – James Suckling, 91/100
One of the stand-out Cru Bourgeois I was able to taste is the 2015 Château Bernadotte which checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot, aged 12 months in one-third new barrels. It’s a terrific, floral, seamless, medium-bodied beauty that offers fine tannin, a silky texture, and integrated acidity. It shows the purity of the vintage and should drink nicely for a decade or more. 2018 – 2028. – Jeb Dunnuck, 90/100