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Nick Passmore: “La Bernardine is glowing with red-fruit vibrancy, 5 stars”

M. Chapoutier 2003 La Bernardine
5 stars

—Nick Passmore
Forbes

“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.

Click here for the complete review.

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