Bernard’s longstanding relationships with generational grape growers are based on mutual beliefs in viticulture, wine-making and ultimately the wines they like to share, as of course, wine is for sharing. Bernard produces small parcels of exceptional hand-crafted wines that showcase the region and the vintage from some of France’s most classic wine-making regions.
The fruit is sourced from 35-year-old vines from a prime south facing block of a 5-hectare vineyard. A traditional right bank Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was machine harvested with careful sorting before crush, fermentation and spending 20 days on skins. 25% of the wine was then matured in 2-year-old fine French Oak for added flavour complexity and structure with the remainder to stainless steel to maintain brightness and aromatics of fruit. The wine was then carefully blended prior to bottling.
It is superbly fruited and immediately appealing on the nose showing dark plum, blackcurrant, hazelnut and game characters with a hint of dried herb complexity. The palate is concentrated and wonderfully weighted, displaying excellent fruit intensity backed by seductive savoury undertones. A splendid expression. At its best: now to 2022. Price : $27.00; Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Great Bordeaux can be expensive - often prohibitively so. Good Bordeaux can be hard to track down, but can be worthwhile taking a punt on, even given the French region's inconsistencies. This one is bottled under screw cap, which removes one potential issue and ensures freshness. Bernard Schurr is a Rhone-based vigneron/negociant who sources fruit from the major wine regions of France. This is a classic right bank blend of merlot (55%) and cabernet sauvignon (45%) from a small vineyard north of Saint-Emilion. It is a wine of charm and restraint and a lovely introduction to beguiling Bordeaux. $27. Wine of the Week; Winsor Dobbin
Mixed berries, dried herb and earth, a little honey and cedar. Medium-bodied, juicy red and black fruit, even acidity, light grip from tannin, but nothing too strenuous, even finish, with juicy raspberry in the aftertaste. Tasty wine. Tasted: Sept 18; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2022+; Rated: 90 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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