Châteauneuf-du-Pape is perfectly suited for low-yielding Grenache plantings, hence the reason Chapoutier works heavily with this varietal. Chapoutier’s La Bernardine is quite unique in that it is a blend of mainly Grenache with a smaller proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre, when 13 are permitted by AOC law. With this unique approach and the low-yield of his vineyards, Chapoutier produces a rich, flavourful wine with moderate tannins.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Intense crimson-red. Nose is complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, morello cherry. Palate opens into spicy (licorice) and fruity aromas."
91-93/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
"Still in concrete, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape la Bernardine is the most flattering young version of this cuvée I can recall tasting. Loaded with black cherry fruit, it's full-bodied, rich and velvety yet not overdone, showing subtle dried spice notes and a long, fresh finish. It should drink well for a decade."
92/100 Wine Spectator (2016 Vintage)
"Rich but gentle-edged, with an open-knit core of warmed raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blood orange flavours, laced with sandalwood, shiso leaf and lavender notes. Features a lightly dusty finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2030."
91/100 Jeb Dunnuck (2016 Vintage)
"The entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the 2016 La Bernardine, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from equal parts sandy and rolled stone terroirs. Medium to full-bodied, supple and sexy, with notes of lavender, black cherries, blackberries, and pepper spice, it should be drunk over the coming 7-8 years."