M. Chapoutier La Bernardine Rouge

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône

The blending of grape varieties is a characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In ”La Bernardine” red, Grenacheis the main grape used in the blend, with a smaller proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Grenache is a grape variety that brings a natural sweetness to the blend, which gives the wine elegance, silky tannins and great finesse.

Tasting Notes

A complex but subtle nose with aromas of blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee, cinnamon and morello cherry. On the palate it is spicy and fruity.

Grilled and roasted red and white meats, including leg of lamb or garlic roasted chicken. Vegetarian moussaka with lentils is also an excellent choice.

The 2020 vintage in Southern Rhône, particularly in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, was favored by very good weather conditions. This year was windy throughout the growing cycle with light rainfalls. Winter was mild, followed by a radiant, warm and windy spring. Optimum weather continued in the summer, with cool nights preserving freshness in the grapes. Ideal harvest conditions yielded grapes at perfect maturity with balanced alcohols, acidity, and structure.

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties, therefore, vinification depends on the component grapes and their varietals. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of color and tannins.

Quaternary period terraces with large, round pebbles, emanating from the former Rhône riverbed, on the surface. There are several terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape composed of large, round pebbles, Miocenian safres and Villafrancian terraces on clay matrix.

Varietals: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Alcohol by Volume: 15%
Aging Potential: 10 – 15 years

The blending of grape varieties is a characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In "La Bernardine" red, Grenache is the main grape used in the blend, with a smaller proportion of Syrah and Mourvédre. The Grenache is a grape variety that brings a natural sweetness to the blend, which gives the wine elegance, silky tannins and great finesse.

Tasting Notes

A complex but subtle nose with aromas of blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee, cinnamon and morello cherry. On the palate it is spicy and fruity.

Grilled and roasted red and white meats, including leg of lamb or garlic roasted chicken. Vegetarian moussaka with lentils is also an excellent choice.

Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/L
pH: 3.76
Total Acidity: 4.8 g/L

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties, therefore, vinification depends on the component grapes and their varietals. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of colour and tannins.

Quaternary period terraces with large, round pebbles, emanating from the former Rhône riverbed, on the surface. There are several terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape composed of large, round pebbles, Miocenian safres and Villafrancian terraces on clay matrix.

Tasting Notes

A complex but subtle nose with aromas of blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee, cinnamon and morello cherry. On the palate it is spicy and fruity.

Grilled and roasted red and white meats, including leg of lamb or garlic roasted chicken. Vegetarian moussaka with lentils is also an excellent choice.

Alcohol by Volume: 15%
Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/L
pH: 3.64
Total Acidity: 3.21 g/L

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties, therefore, vinification depends on the component grapes and their varietals. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of colour and tannins.

Quaternary terrace, with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône. The grapes are carefully selected during the harvesting. Compulsory to obtain the Appellation, this sorting allows to have the best bunches of grapes.

  • 20230505

    92

    points

    James Suckling, May 2023

    "A layered and restrained Chateauneuf-du-Pape with aromas of red berries, spiced cherries, dried thyme and baking spices. Medium-bodied with chalky tannins. Textured and slightly chewy with plenty of berry and chocolate character towards the compact finish. Better after 2025."

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  • 20221103

    91

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    Jeb Dunnuck, November 2022

    "The entry level release from Chapoutier, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Bernardine (80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre) shows the supple, charming, pretty style of the vintage and has medium-bodied aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, framboise, and peppery herbs. This rounded, forward, front end-loaded beauty is perfect for drinking over the coming 7-8 years or more."

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  • 20231201

    94

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2023

    "A bold and opulent profile of black and blue fruits, cherries, plum, flint and garrigue sits with dormant energy, wanting to explode in the glass. Its drying tannins are balanced by ample refreshing acidity, cellar through 2030+ before revisiting should result in remarkable integration and greater complexity. — Anna-Christina Cabrales"

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  • 20220222

    91

    points

    James Suckling, February 2022

    "Very meaty and savory with discreet red-fruit aromas, this is quite a traditional style of Chateauneuf with some spice. The well-crafted, gentle tannins support the full body without stepping into the foreground, and that makes this very easy to enjoy right now. Mellow finish. Drink or hold."

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  • 2022-04-30

    93

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    Wine Spectator, April 2022

    "Solidly built, with a well-formed core of plum, blackberry and black cherry compote flavors supported by warm earth, anise, plum pit and black tea. The focused finish lets the fruit play out, keeping an underlying freshness in the process. Best from 2023 through 2034"

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  • 2020-10-06

    90

    points

    Jeb Dunnuck, October 2020

    "Leading off the 2019s from bottle, the entry-level 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Bernardine (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre) offers a Provençal, spicy, morello cherry, and garrigue-scented perfume to go with a medium to full-bodied, ripe yet also savory style on the palate. Drink it over the coming decade."

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2020 M. Chapoutier La Bernardine Rouge – 92 points, James Suckling – Shelftalker

2019 M. Chapoutier La Bernardine Rouge – 94 points, Wine Enthusiast – Shelftalker

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2018 M. Chapoutier La Bernardine Rouge – 89-91pts, Wine Advocate – Sale Sheet

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