M. Chapoutier 2003 La Bernardine
“Despite its age,” writes top wine writer Nick Passmore for Forbes this week, “this La Bernardine is glowing with red-fruit vibrancy; raspberry, strawberry and red cherry exuberance. Yet the dozen years in the bottle have backed these up with a mellow smokiness, and just enough oak to provide roundness without smothering all that glorious fruit.”
“As the vintage indicates, this is un vin de garde, a wine that rewards, or has rewarded in this case, aging. You can drink the current vintages now, but it would be a crime, so by all means buy the newer releases, but put them away, and spend your time hunting out mature beauties like this.”
Passmore gives the wine five stars, his highest rating.