95pts Wine Enthusiast
Murmurs of burnt cinnamon and leather accent brisk raspberry and sour-cherry preserves in this powerful but elegant Grenache (augmented by 5% each of Syrah and Mourvédre). Tasted in January 2021, its red fruit flavors are still pure and vibrant, but reveal inflections of earth, smoke and fur. Plush tannin's and a wisp of heat linger on the finish. Seductive now, the wine should continue to improve through 2035 and hold further. Editors’ Choice.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. Range: 91-93
92pts Wine Spectator
Rich but gentle-edged, with an open-knit core of warmed raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blood orange flavors, laced with sandalwood, shiso leaf and lavender notes. Features a lightly dusty finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2030.
92pts Wine & Spirits
Made mostly of grenache and fermented entirely in cement tanks, this is a study in cherry, from the fleshy give of its pulp and the dark bitterness of its skins to the floral notes and spice of its blossoms and bark. Compressed at first, it opens with time in the glass, a graceful Châteauneuf to pair with seared duck breasts.
91pts Jeb Dunnuck
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.
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. Pair with tuna fish carpaccio, all meats (marinated or in sauces), large game and all cheeses.
Blend: 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah