2014/5 Chateau Bernot, Bordeaux, France
56% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Superbly good value claret that has lots of ripe yet classically fresh fruit. A 'house' claret that offers a typically dry yet elegant style.
This property has belonged to the Bernard family for the past 2 generations. There are 44 hectares of vineyards planted to 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. The length of maceration is a relatively short 3 weeks, to give a wine of bright red fruits and very supple tannins, that is a pleasure to drink especially with lamb.
"The Bordeaux Petit Châteaux are making wines that become enjoyable much earlier than they did in the past. The nose has a mix of black fruits the palate the freshness of bramble backed by richer sweeter cassis and black cherry. A mix of bitter chocolate and liquorice adds to the complexity and although firmer at the back there is sweetness on the finish. Claret and lamb were made for each other so the choice is easy." Derek Smedley MW
The 2015 is reviewed as follows:
"It has the sweetness of the year both on nose and palate with ripe black cherry at the start supple and fleshy in the middle depth of flavour. Bramble and bilberry underpin it feels lighter and fresher towards the back with sweet fruit and dark chocolate giving richness and depth on the finish. This is classic claret" Derek Smedley MW