Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Cabernet Franc 4%
Petit Verdot 1%
Barrel Aging French Oak Barrels
The Château Bernadotte is located on both sides of the border between Pauillac and Saint-Saveur. When the new owner, May Eliane de Lencquesaing, who also owns Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse, bought it in 1996, it was decided that only the part located in Haut-Médoc should bear the name Bernadotte. The wines have a remarkable quality with full tannin and good fruit. Through the introduction of a second wine, the level of the winery could be further improved. The Château is reminiscent of its former owner, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, born in Pau, king of Sweden in 1818, by the Swedish royal crown on the label.
2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia’s year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.
James Suckling 90
Robert Parker 89