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M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Rouge 2012 France  Rhone  Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red Wine  Red Blend 25905 18081 750ml
Product ID: 25905
Region: France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 14.5
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"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 made up of only one to three grape varieties when 13 are allowed by AOC law. With this unique approach and the low-yield of his vineyards, Chapoutier produces a rich, flavorful wine with moderate tannins. Intense crimson-red color. Complex but subtle aromas with blackcurrant and plum layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon and cherry. On the palate, spice, licorice, and both dark and red fruits." —importer
"Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of fresh red fruits, candied rose and smoky minerals, with a hint of white pepper in the background. Juicy, penetrating and nicely concentrated, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with aeration. Finishes focused and long, with fine-grained, firming tannins. Drinking window: 2017-2027." —Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"Looking at the 2012s from barrel, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine is a step up from the 2011 and exhibits gorgeously perfumed aromas of cherry blossoms, crushed flowers, incense and assorted berry-styled fruits on both the nose and palate. A medium to full-bodied 2012, with a supple, finesse-driven style and terrific purity of fruit, it has loads of charm and will drink nicely for 8-10 years. Drink now-2022." —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

"Fresh peach, blanched almond and heather notes ripple along, backed by hints of peach pit, tarragon and wet stone on the bright finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported." —James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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