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Les vins

Issus de raisins très murs, d’une vinification pointue respectueuse de la typicité du terroir argilo calcaire  et des vendanges tardives, les vins du Bernat sont matures, puissants, de longue garde où finesse et élégance rivalisent. En vieillissant des notes florales, de cacao, et de fumé se marient au fruité. Alors que dans leur jeunesse, les vins sont parfois très tanniques, selon le millésime,  avec le temps, les tanins s’enveloppent et s’arrondissent pour laisser place à un vin savoureux, soyeux et racé. Ils s’expriment pleinement au bout de 4 ou 5 ans et s’ils peuvent se révéler fermés au nez, offrent pleinement leurs arômes une fois carafés.

La diffusion très sélective de Château Le Bernat, auprès d’une fidèle clientèle de particuliers offre également un avantage rare : la disponibilité de millésimes anciens à la vente, tel 2005, 2007, 2008, ou encore quelques flacons des illustres 2009 et 2010. Le «  B » du Bernat est le second vin du château : rond, plus léger, sur le fuit, le B est très plaisant à déguster dans ses premières années.  Un vin très complémentaire de son aîné qui se mérite et s’attend.

Caracteristics

Owner   S.C. Château Le Bernat - Manager Nathalie Le Roy
Appellation   Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion
Surface   4 ha until 2000, 6 ha since 2001
1st vintage   1999
Geology   Clay and limestone
Production quantity   from 26,000 to 38,000 bottles
Varieties   Merlot 2/3    Cabernet Sauvignon 1/3
Pruning   Double Guyot
Average age of vines   37 years
Rootstock   Varied
Density of vines per ha   5000
Yeast   None
Fermentation time   Around 25 days
Type of tanks   Stainless steel
Thermal control method   Automatic since the 2001 vintage
Capitalization   No
Temperature of fermentation   28 to 30°C (82 – 84°F)
Barrel aging   Between 12 and 14 months
Age of barrels   New barrels: 1/3 - barrels used for 1 or 2 wines
Cooperage   Sylvain, Nadalie, Ermitage
Collage   No
Filtration   Very lightly
Press wine   One part
Vineyard Manager   Michel Adoue
Œnologist-consultant   Jean-Philippe Fort from Laboratoire M. Rolland
Operations   Sarl Château Le Bernat; manager: Nathalie Le Roy
Labeling   As of January 2013, new label, new website

 

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" SEUL LE B DU BERNAT SERA MILLÉSIMÉ"
2013

De mémoire de viticulteur, 2013 est à part dans le cortège des 20 derniers millésimes, et c'est ce qui en fait sa singularité.

La climatologie 2013 a été marquée par un débourrement dans de très bonnes conditions avec une très belle sortie des grappes.
Cependant un printemps frais et très humide a entraîné une floraison très difficile avec de la coulure et du millerandage particulièrement sur les vieilles vignes du Château Le Bernat.
En l’absence des exceptionnels vieux merlots du domaine, nous produirons exclusivement le B du Bernat

La véraison est plutôt tardive avec une maturation lente perturbée par le temps inégal d'Août et Septembre frais et humide.
Les vendanges au mois d'octobre ont modifié les repères habituels:
Des rendements très faibles et une altération de la graine obligent à pratiquer une sélection et un tri très stricts au chai.

La vinification se passe sans difficulté majeure et les premières dégustations de 2013 décrivent des vins souples avec une structure douce : soit une matière parfaite pour élaborer uniquement le second vin.

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"DES VINS A DÉGUSTER DANS LEUR JEUNESSE"
2012

Avec ce millésime nous retrouvons des conditions et des repères plus habituels.

Grâce à un printemps normalement ensoleillé et doux la pousse est régulière et la floraison intervient dans des conditions normales.
L'été est doux et ensoleillé avec quelques précipitations sans aucun dégât naturel mais ne permet pas des vendanges précoces.
Les merlots débutent le 16 Octobre, à peine perturbées par quelques pluies.
Les cabernets sauvignons sont ramassés le 23 Octobre dans de meilleures conditions climatiques.

Les vinifications se déroulent sans aucun problème et donnent un millésime élégant sur le fruit, les aromes sont dans la finesse.

Avec un travail minutieux sur l’assemblage et de bonnes conditions d'élevage, ce millésime donne un vin plus facile à boire, accessible et à consommer dans sa jeunesse.


Les vendanges

Merlot: 16 octobre
Cabernet Sauvignon: 23 octobre

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“A NON-TYPICAL YEAR THAT LEFT MEMORIES FOR EVERYONE…THE WORLD WAS TURNED UPSIDEDOWN…”
2011
2011

Summer followed winter! During long weeks in March, April and May it was nearly 30° C (86°F).  With no precipitation for 2 months, the vines began to suffer from a lack of water in certain properties.


We searched the sky…consulted the weather… luckily for us our clay-limestone soil protected us once again and permitted us to wait for the first rain…of spring…in June.


But then, an unexpected period arrived.  “Spring” was here, and remained with us until the end of August with chilly temperatures.

The vines were ahead because of the early hot temperatures, but then began to slow down a bit…In September and the first days of October, everything became balanced.  The grapes gorged themselves on sun…And we were able to organize the harvest in very good conditions.

 

Harvest: Merlot: September 23rd
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 3rd

Testimonials
Concours agricole de bordeaux MÉDAILLE DE BRONZE
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“ALL MERLOT, GORGED ON SUN! A MARVELOUS ONE TO KEEP IN YOUR CELLAR”
2010
2010

A generous year in terms of both quality and quantity…
Another vintage “of the century”

This is what was among the Bordelaise vineyards, and the press echoed it. A favorable climate throughout the year allowed the vines to grow without any problems of disease. Water stress occurred in late August and early September, but our clay-limestone soil protected us. We kept a beautiful green foliage well until harvest time.


Harvests: Merlot: October 14th
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 21st

Testimonials
“Un 2010 en tout point remarquable, puissant et élégant au nez, ample et rond en bouche. Très équilibré, solide structure qui garantira à ce vin une garde de deux ou trois ans et plus encore….” Coup de coeur au Guide Hachette, édition 2014 : Le seul coup de coeur de toute l’appellation. L’an passé, le 2009 recevait une étoile…
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“NOTHING TO ENVY OF 2005, MAYBE EVEN MORE SURPRISING! A SUPERBE AND RARE VINTAGE..”
2009
2009

After a pretty cold start to the year in January and February, temperatures were generally above normal from May to November. Unlike the rest of France who had normal rainfall, the Aquitaine region received precipitation slightly above normal. Everything was leading to expecting a good harvest...


Unfortunately, a strong hailstorm on May 13 was not very kind to the young spring buds. But because of the resulting low yields, 2009 was a good vintage...

Harvests: Merlot: October 6th and 7th
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 12th

Testimonials
“Nez complexe et épanoui aux arômes de confiture de fruits noirs, mure et prune, aux delicates notes boisées. Bouche charnue, fraîche et dense, avec des tannins assez harmonieux et une bonne suite” 4 verres au Guide Hubert, édition 2014, dans sa sélection des vins du Grand Sud
Cette édition Challenge Prix-Plaisir des deux gourous du vin en France a couronné d’or 87 vins (dont 6 champagnes) de moins de 15€ sur 1200 cuvées dégustées par 24 jurys de consommateurs Pépite d’Or au Challenge Prix-Plaisir Bettane & Desseauve 2014
Médaille d'Argent 
Concours des FEMINALISE 2011, Beaune
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“2008 COMPLEX NOSE DOMINATED BY FRESH FRUITS, NUANCES OF SPICES AND TRUFFLES IN THE MOUTH, GOOD STRUCUTRE, REFINED AND GENEROUS…”
2008

A difficult year.  The sun came early in February followed by a chilly March and a capricious sun throughout the spring.  There was little heat in August and July with frequent rains.  September and October brought hope to the vine growers; sun, but also a wind that that dried the morning dew.

The result was good grapes, late, but ripe and healthy.  A precise vinification followed.  At Christmas, the malolactic fermentation was complete.

Harvests: Merlot: October 16th and 17th
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 23rd

Testimonials
“Very classic, tannins that are firm and silky at the same time, full-bodied, this wine has a beautiful purple color, well built, ample, promising” Dussert-Gerber, 2010
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“SUN, SUN, SUN, SUN! WITHOUT DOUBT THE MOST FEMINIE OF OUR VINTAGES”
2007
2007

Pretty and amazing, Chateau Le Bernat 2007; beautifully deep and intense color, a very good balance in the mouth,
The hottest April since 1900.  Very little precipitation.  Early beginning of vegetation.  May and June were the continuation of April, while July and August had less than normal sunshine.  Thankfully, September came and boosted the harvest.  As a result the vintage was not unpleasant at all.

Harvests: Merlot: October 4th and 5th

Cabernet Sauvignon: October 17th

Testimonials
"570 of the most important red wines of Bordeaux, all appellations together, from the most prestigious to the more modest, noted on the same vintage, 2007. 72 sessions of blind tasting in Bordeaux and Brussels."
Le Grand Classement des Vins de Bordeaux ». , Remy Poussard
This wine presents a classic blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet-Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in oak barrels. With a deep and bright cherry robe, this 2007 exudes elegant aromas of black fruits and spices. Round and balanced, the palate is supported by tannins. A well-made wine, its is ready to drink now or in two years after further aging.

Hachette Wine Guide 2011
“Very juicy and sweet in the mouth, with well done management of the extraction. Stylish and correct.»
 15 WINES OF PUISSEGUIN TASTED, 4 SELECTED WINES La Revue du Vin de France, vintage 2007 
The 1600 best wines of France, 2007 • June 2008
“A beautiful robe of intense and sustained color, very nice balance on the palate, rich and velvety, it is truly remarkable.»
 
 Dussert-Gerber des vins 2011
“Classic Puisseguin with firm and silky tannins and a full-bodied mouth. Beautiful purple color with a good structure, ample, promising” Dussert-Gerber, 2009
“This wine represents a classic blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in oak barrels. With a deep yet brilliant cherry robe, the 2007 exhales elegant aromas of black fruits and spices. Round and balanced, the palate is supported by smooth tannins. A well done wine, ready to drink or let it age for 2 years.” Guide Hachette, 2011
“Floral, supple mouth, elegant, smooth, a bit of melted chocolate, well worked.” 
 15.5 / 20 - Primeurs 2007 (best rating of the Satellites of Saint-Émilion: Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin Saint Emilion)
 LE POINT, Bordeaux, Le Guide de Jacques DUPONT (15 Mai 2008)
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"CLOVE, BLACK CHERRY AND SMOKEY NOTES, THE 2006 VINTAGE SATISFIED US…”
2006
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2006

A sunny vintage but with a few rainy days during the summer.  Constantly working in the vineyard, sumptuous Merlot..

Harvests: Merlot: September 29th and 30th
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 3rd

Testimonials
“Beautiful robe, concentrated nose, black fruits. Well-integrated tannins. A promising wine.” Lauréat Bordeaux 2009. Silver Medal
“A “Girondine” property constructed under Napoleon III by Canadian carpenters. Her vines are very French and in 2006 began to produce grapes with a very deep color. The bouquet evokes original notes of clove, smoke and black cherries. The palate is supple with very typical silky tannins. A wine to appreciate young.” Hachette Wine Guide, 2010
Silver Medal Bordeaux Agricultural Show 2009
Lauréat of its appellation in the following vintages: 2004 2005 and 2006 Vinexpo 2009
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“FITTINGLY NAMED ‘MATRIOCHKA’, THE 2005 VINTAGE IS A SUCCESSION OF OLFATORY SURPRISES…”
2005
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2005

Chateau Le Bernat 2005 is very flavorful, with an intense nose of red ripe fruits.  Fleshy and generous, colorful, spicy on the palate, very successful, bronze medal at the Paris Agricultural Show 2007.

A rich year that has offered one of the best wines in the last 50 years. Grapes had a good maturity due to favorable climatic conditions.

Harvests: Merlot: September 23rd and 24th
Cabernet Sauvignon: October 11th

Quality raisins for a vintage in line with previous.

Testimonials
“We enjoyed this 2005 Puisseguin Saint-Émilion. With a strong color, intense nose of ripe red berries and earth, fleshy and generous, colorful, spices on the palate, it is very successful. Bronze medal in Paris.” Dussert-Gerber, Guide to Wine 2008
Lauréat of its appellation in the following 3 vintages: 2004 2005 and 2006 Vinexpo 2009
“Enjoyable 2005 Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, with a strong color, intense nose of ripe red berries and earth, fleshy and generous, colorful, spices on the palate, very successful. Bronze medal in Paris.” Dussert-Gerber, 2010
“Intense nose of ripe red berries and earth, fleshy and generous, colorful, spices on the palate, very successful. Bronze medal in Paris in 2007” Dussert-Gerber Wines 2011
“An original wine due to the presence of Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). A dense and brilliant robe with a discreet bouquet of red fruits where you can find strawberry, supple and ripe tannins, creating a nice roundness that leaves an impression of elegance on the mouth with the finish.” Hachette Wine Guide 2009
“A strong robe, intense nose of ripe red berries and earth, fleshy and generous, colorful, spices on the palate, very successful.” Dussert-Gerber, 2009
Coupe VINEXPO Bordeaux 2009
Bronze Medal Paris Agricultural Show 2007
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«THIS YEAR… MAKES YOU WANT TO SING
A MELODY!»
2004
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2004

The 2004, purple color, ripe nose, very harmonious tannins, with hints of smoke, and a long and delicious finish, earned its Silver Medal in Paris, like the 2002 (unfortunately we are all sold out!) that also received a Silver Medal Paris 2004.  With persistent notes of ripe fruit (cassis and raspberry) and licorice, this wine combines aromatic concentration, extent of tannins in the mouth, and distinction.

Was a not a very sunny summer with constant work in the vineyard to encourage the grapes to mature.

 


 

Late Harvests occurring twice:
from the 5th to the 8th and the 11th, 12th of October for the Merlot

the 21st and 22nd of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon..

Des raisins de qualité pour un millésime dans la lignée des précédents.

Testimonials
“A strong purple robe, aromas of candied cherries, spices and notes of wood that emerge from a complex bouquet. The fleshy and silky mouth evolves with power and aromatic persistence. Ready to open now or in 2 to 3 years.” Hachette Wine Guide 2008
“Excellent 2004. Silver medal in Paris, fleshy, good structure, a really good evolution like the 2001”
Dussert-Gerber, The Guide to Wine 2008
“The nose expresses fresh and ripe fruits. The palate has a smooth medium body with a tannic presence that is not overly harsh.” 14.25/20 Jean-Marc Quarin – Tasting Notebooks
Silver Medal Paris Agricultural Show 2006
“Fleshy, good structure, very good evolution like the 2003” Dussert-Gerber, 2009
“Purple color, ripe nose, very harmonious tannins, smoky notes with a long and savory finish, a well deserved Silver Medal in Paris.” Dussert-Gerber Wines 2011
Lauréat of its appellation in the following 3 vintages: 2004 2005 and 2006 Vinexpo 2009
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“EVERY SIP OF THIS VINTAGE TELLS A STORY. THE TANNINS ARE ITS MEMORY AND ARE A BIT OF OUR ESTATE…A MARVELOUS MEMORY! THOSE WHO KEEP THIS WINE IN THEIR CELLARS WILL BE HAPPY”
2003
2003

A very hot summer, with heat waves and dryness after mini-storms in June and July.  The raisins were very ripe and very sugary with little juice.

Harvests
The 12th, 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th of September for the Merlot
and the 1st and 2nd of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vinification was particularly complex.
A Gold Medal at the Paris Agricultural Show

Testimonials
"The mouth is round, soft, suave with an unexpected violent taste. Should be enjoyed young." 14.75 - Jean-Marc Quarin – Tasting Notebooks
“Dense, strong color, a fleshy and full-bodied, complex nose and subtle at the same time, dominated by ripe black cherries.” Dussert-Gerber, 2009
“Favorite” 17/20- Jean-Luc Pouteau
“Very good wine, pretty, woody, elegant, velvety tannins, full-bodied, well balanced” Comments of the jury
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“THE SOUL OF THIS WINE SINGS AND ENCHANTS…”
2002
2002

Good climatic conditions, the grapes were particularly healthy with a good maturity.  A more modern label and a back label with an acrostic poem were added to present the vintage.

The Harvests:
from the 1st to the 3rd of October for the Merlot
and the 14th and 15th of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.

A Silver Medal at the Paris Agricultural Show.

Testimonials
“None remains of this greatly appreciated vintage” Comments of the Jury
“The 2002 possess a deep color with a fruity nose. The power and firmness of the fruit manifest in the mouth.” 14.25 - Jean-Marc Quarin – Tasting notebooks
“The 2002 possess a deep color with a fruity nose. The power and firmness of the fruit manifest in the mouth.” 14.25 - Jean-Marc Quarin – Tasting notebooks
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“JUST LIKE THE RHINO, THE 2001 VINTAGE IS THREATNED WITH DISAPPEARANCE…”
2001
2001

The estate, after 2 years of effort, was completely refitted.  The absolute search for small yields.
 

The Harvests
from the 4th to the 6th of October for the Merlot
and the 7th and 8th of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.


A very concentrated vintage, particularly noticed during the Futures campaign

Testimonials
“Beautiful robe, concentrated rose, black fruits, well structured, nicely fruity” JEAN-LUC POUTEAU
“Aromas of blackberry, violet, a promising wine." LE POINT, 2002
“The best note that I gave in this appellation during en primeurs” 15/15.5 - Jean-Marc Quarin – Tasting notebooks
"Elegant, delicate nose with a supple mouth" La revue du Vin de France - June 2002
“Dense and fruity, well integrated tannins, a long finish” 85/88 - almost 89/91 - Wine Spectator
“The second vintage of Pierre-Jean Le Roy (advised by Jean-Philippe Fort), this wine is a testament to the careful attention paid to the vines, such as hand picking, and to vinification. The 2001 vintage was very successful: an intense purple robe with ruby reflections, aromas of red fruits with balsamic hints, smooth, fleshy tannins opening to a lot of finesse and dignity. Everything is successful to make this bottle perfect to consume in two to five years, and perfect with duck.” Hachette Wine Guide 2005
“A very original and expressive nose with lush and ripe fruits; a flattering, smooth mouth, with bold tannins and great, persistent finish.” The Hubert Guide - France Sud & Paris - 2004
“The 2001 is very seductive; dense, dominated by ripe strawberries, wood and earth, beautiful deep red, concentrated, full, velvety and fruity on the palate with soft tannins that are at the same time, firm. Once again, no hesitation.” Dussert-Gerber, 2010
“A very beautiful, intense and deep robe of garnet purple. The bouquet is profound and combines superb sandalwood notes with aromas of macerated fruits, in particular black cherry. A touch of sweet chocolate completes the ensemble. From the attack, one appreciates the elegance of the tannins of a supple and rich vintage, very concentrated and particularly ripe. The flavors of kirsch and brandy plum brandies create a final high persistence, which merge into a perfect balance. A promising vintage!” 16.5/20 - Revue Vins & Terroirs Authentiques – spring
“An exemplary example of the modern style: aromas of cherries and wood; a sweet fruit with charming, round tannins: as a whole it is very harmonious.” Weinwelt Review- Spring 2004
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“WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO KEEP SOME BOTTLES! IMPOSSIBLE…IT WAS TOO GOOD…”
2000
2000

Mythical year, agreeable conditions, vinification by parcel.


The Harvests
the 27th and 28th of September for the Merlot
and the 10th of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Testimonials
“Has character, supple but not full-bodied in the mouth” La revue du Vin de France - Jun 2001
“An assertive style, pretty and aromatic nose, a fresh wine that is a real pleasure.” 
Le Point - May 2001
A vintage with a somber robe with reflections of ruby. A woody, almost burnt note dominates its expressive aromas. The tannins are suave and elegant, it was a bit overwhelmed by the barrel aging, but should refine will with a few years in the cellar. The Hachette Wine Guide 2004
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“THE EMOTION OF THE FIRST VINTAGE WAS ONE OF EMMENSE JOY…WE HAVE KEPT SOME BOTTLES CAREFULLY PRESERVED IN THE CHAI”
1999
1999

First harvests, the discovery of the terroir.  Vinification in small vats to better know the potential of each parcel.
Harvests underneath the sunshine.

The Harvests
the 23rd and 24th of September for the Merlot
and the 29th and 30th of September for the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Testimonials
“A beautiful nose of red fruits. Finesse and a rustic character in the tannins” La revue du Vin de France - June 2000
“It has a beautiful rose and a complex nose ranging from notes of cedar to black fruit. The tannins are smooth and show great intensity in the mouth that fuses style and length. It is perfect to drink now, but can still keep two to five years” La revue du Vin de France - June 2001
“Purple robe. Complex nose that combines notes of black fruit and vanilla. A nice intensity in the mouth, with smooth, rounded tannins. 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is perfect to drink now, but you can still keep it.” Fleurus Guide to Wine 2003