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Chateau Bernadotte

Chateau Bernadotte Haut Medoc, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Bernadotte takes its name in honor of Marshal Bernadotte. Bernadotte was appointed Sovereign Prince by Napoleon I. The modern era of Chateau Bernadotte begins in 1997, when it was purchased by Madame de Lencquesaing, the owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande from the Elkund family. The following year, a complete renovation took place. The entire property was rebuilt from top to bottom. The Chateau, vat rooms, grape reception area and cellars were all modernized. In the vat rooms, they increased the number of vats to 23. This allowed Chateau Bernadotte to vinify in thermoregulated vats on a parcel by parcel basis. The vineyards also received extensive improvements. The amount of Merlot planted in the vineyards was also increased from 36% to 44%.

In 2007, Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac and two properties in St. Estephe , Chateau  de Pez   and Chateau  Haut Beausejour were purchased by the Roederer Champagne house. The property was under the direction of Frédéric Rouzaud. Since the purchase by Rouzaud in 2007, the wines of Chateau Bernadotte showed a marked improvement in style and quality.

In December 2012, Chateau Bernadotte was sold to the King Power Group. The King Power Group has massive business holdings including interests in real estate, food and beverages, retail with Agatha and more as well as in the duty free industry.

The 35 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Bernadotte in the Haut Medoc appellation is planted in gravel and sand with some clay in the terroir. The vineyards are planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vines are planted to a density is 6,500 vines per hectare. A portion of the estates vines are also located in Pauillac, where they are used to produce Fournas Bernadotte. Interestingly, the terroir in Haut Medoc is better than the soils that are situated in Pauillac.

Vinification takes place in large, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. The wines of Chateau Bernadotte are aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for 12 – 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. The large property produces close to 10,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per year. The estate also makes a second wine, Fournas Bernadotte.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château Bernadotte

    1. Medium bodied with a tart side to the red berry, dominated wine. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
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  2. 2010 Château Bernadotte

    1. Bernadotte - Blending 51.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Merlot, the wine opens with cassis and sweet black cherry balsamic scents. Medium bodied with dark berries and cassis in the finish, this should drink well on release. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2009 Château Bernadotte

    1. Ripe, soft, dark berries, spice and earth. This crowd pleasing style of wine will deliver a lot of pleasure early in life. This is the best wine I've tasted from Bernadotte.

      90 points - Tasted
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