Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 La Bernadotte feels a little smudged on the nose at first, although it gains clarity in the glass and develops attractive pressed flower scents with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, plenty of dusky black fruit laced with black pepper. Though there is just a touch of oak to be absorbed on the finish, this should turn into a decent Haut-Médoc. Tasted September 2017. Drink Date 2020 - 2030
|Score: 88||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (233), October 2017|
The 2015 Bernadotte has a lovely, lilting redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouquet, the oak nicely integrated, fresh and lively with tobacco coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite light for this vintage, but balanced, with a "breezy" brambly red berry finish. Easy-going Haut-Médoc.
|Score: 87/89||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
This has a very plush and slightly spicy palate with earthy notes as well as a gravelly, slightly leafy edge. The palate has a very composed core of fine, long tannins that finishes with gently grippy freshness. Try from 2021.
|Score: 91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Bernadotte is a tasty, hearty wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the fruit remains vibrant. Hints of spice, licorice, tobacco and herbs add nuance to this attractive, midweight Haut-Médoc. 2018 - 2023
|Score: 87||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
Deep ruby with a sweet damson and bramble fruit nose. The palate is rich, chalky and dense, with powerful ripe black fruits. Hints of spice and smoke come through on the finish of this plump, plush and juicy effort.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, February 2018|
One of the stand out Cru Bourgeois I was able to taste is the 2015 Château Bernadotte which checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot, aged 12 months in one-third new barrels. It’s a terrific, floral, seamless, medium-bodied beauty that offers fine tannin, a silky texture, and integrated acidity. It shows the purity of the vintage and should drink nicely for a decade or more. 2018 - 2028
|Score: 90||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|