Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 13%
Bright red. Aromatic nose of red berries, sweet spices, cedar and dusty minerals. Sweet, soft and clean, with red berry flavors dominating. Finishes with harmonious acidity and very good length. This is the best vintage of Bernadotte in some time: in 2011 the higher clay content of the soil and the later-ripening site allowed this wine to develop very good intensity and depth of flavor.
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired Château Bernadotte in the Commune of Saint Sauveur which borders the Pauillac appellation to the west close to a number of classified growths and only a few kilometers away from Pichon.
This property particularly interested Madame de Lencquesaing, owner of Pichon, first of all because her family have always enjoyed managing Bourgeois growths with great enthusiasm. She was also attracted by the quality of the soil made up of a very fine plateau of gravel on clay, by its position close to Pauillac and by its proximity to prestigious classified growths. Finally, this has enabled her to offer a more extensive selection of wines with a wider price range, but always with reference to and under the signature of Pichon.
The name Bernadotte was given to this growth in honour of Marshal Bernadotte, appointed Sovereign Prince by Napoleon I and plebiscited in 1818 by the Swedish people to succeed their King Charles XIII, who died without an heir.
The château is a stunning residence in the style of the Restoration built in 1860 and renovated in 1989 by the previous owner, Curt Eklund a Swedish industrialist.
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Robert Parker||86 Points|
|Wine Spectator||88 Points|
|Wine Enthusiast||89 Points|