M. Chapoutier

La Bernardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend

8.712 ratings
8.92 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Aaron Tan

It's not necessarily the wine I'd prefer to drink, but the 2016 La Bernadine was certainly aptly placed (by Chapoutier) as the "better" wine in our impromptu Chapoutier study. Compared to the 2017 La Ciboise, this was more concentrated, primary, and persistent. It's a fruit bomb on both the nose and palate, mixing red and black fruits, and a discernable candied sweetness in the back of the palate. Spices, dried herbs, and musk sit nicely in the background. I feel the acidity and plush tannins helps mask the whooping 15% abv. Finishes long and sweet, with a interesting hint of orange rind-like bitterness. The quality is undeniable, but it's not a wine I'd care for.

It's not necessarily the wine I'd prefer to drink, but the 2016 La Bernadine was certainly aptly placed (by Chapoutier) as the "better" wine in our impromptu Chapoutier study. Compared to the 2017 La Ciboise, this was more concentrated, primary, and persistent. It's a fruit bomb on both the nose and palate, mixing red and black fruits, and a discernable candied sweetness in the back of the palate. Spices, dried herbs, and musk sit nicely in the background. I feel the acidity and plush tannins helps mask the whooping 15% abv. Finishes long and sweet, with a interesting hint of orange rind-like bitterness. The quality is undeniable, but it's not a wine I'd care for.

Sep 16th, 2020
Eric

Good producer, but this vintage is way off the mark. Fruit is flabby and structure is weak.

Good producer, but this vintage is way off the mark. Fruit is flabby and structure is weak.

Feb 12th, 2020
PM
9.2

Nice CDP. Nice gift brought to family Christmas dinner!

Nice CDP. Nice gift brought to family Christmas dinner!

Dec 24th, 2020
Makoto Someya

Fruity from Grenache. Much concentrated and rich than 2015 in 2018. Comfortable spiciness. Concentrated raspberry, blueberry etc. At least 2 hours after should be necessary. 2016 @1600, Eva - XH, 201015-201017

Fruity from Grenache. Much concentrated and rich than 2015 in 2018. Comfortable spiciness. Concentrated raspberry, blueberry etc. At least 2 hours after should be necessary. 2016 @1600, Eva - XH, 201015-201017

Oct 15th, 2020
Mauricio Carvalho

15% alc but very balanced beautiful acidity

15% alc but very balanced beautiful acidity

Oct 4th, 2020
Leisha Kinser

Leisha had this 22 days ago

Leisha had this 22 days ago

Jan 6th, 2021
Alexander Bezrukov

Alexander had this 3 months ago

Alexander had this 3 months ago

Oct 31st, 2020
Jonathan Berry

Jonathan had this 8 months ago

Jonathan had this 8 months ago

May 25th, 2020
Wendy Snyder

Wendy had this a year ago

Wendy had this a year ago

Feb 16th, 2020
Mark Blandford

Mark had this a year ago

Mark had this a year ago

Jan 30th, 2020