This Right Bank St-Emiilion appellation, neighboring the famed Chateau Cheval Blanc, has the longest wine history in Bordeaux. The 2015 Chateau Bernateau makes good on that history with a full-bodied, palate pleasing, Merlot-forward blend that is already drinking beautifully. Spring florals weave with ripe black cherries on the nose. The core is opulent with dark fruit, lifted by underlying acidity, building to a lovely, lightly exotic, remarkable wine.
Big plums and blackberries are the dominant component of this rich and chocolatey St.-Emilion. However, the wine also has a serious tannin structure and more than enough acidity on the powerful and long finish to carry all this extravagance. Drink or hold