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Provence tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on The Wines of Provence.

CHÂTEAU DE BERNE

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Château de Berne, Terres de Berne Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
60% Cinsault, 40% Grenache. Main product of the domaine. Reasonably deep colour and quite a vinous nose with some herbs and raspberry fruit, the palate has a bit of tannin and a powerful personality. Good red fruit and freshness. 86-87/100.

Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, blended before fermentation. Very vinous, with lots of red fruits and a gravelly, earthy note. Structured palate with orange and lemon, and a firm finish. 87-88/100.

Château de Berne, Grande Cuvée Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009
Dark colour, almost pale red, fermented and aged in oak for 6 months. Six months in second year barrels from white Grand Cuvée. Vanilla and spice, the palate deep and a bit tannic, but perhaps the freshness of the fruit just being swamped slightly by the oak - tuning that back would be better. 21 Euros. 86/100.

Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence Blanc 2009
Nine months in oak, one third new. 70% Semillon and Rolle. Lots of rich hazelnut and vanilla oak, with grapefruit and lemon rind and a light waxiness. Little hints of fig. Full bodied and rich in texture, with a pithy acidity at its core and a fat lemony mid palate. Maybe slightly high in alcohol, but a confident, interesting wine. 89/100.

Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence Rouge 2009
Cabernet and Syrah, 50/50, barrique aged, from the coolest vineyards. Lovely, succulent and pure black fruit nose of cassis and deep cherry lusciousness. Oak is cedary and deeply meshed with the fruit. Small earthy spice notes. Nice palate with plenty of fruit too, with a chicory edge of bittersweet chocolate and plum skin grip and acidity. A big, plush wine but I like this. 90/100.

Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence Rouge 2007
95% Syrah. Smooth, silky texture and a really plummy, quite jammy perhaps a little hint of lavender. Background earthy hints. The palate has a lot of silky texture, the balance is good, though the alcohol and spice certainly gives this a big structure and personality. 88-89/100.

Château de Berne, Savannah 2010
Interesting wine from Alicante Bouschet, sold only at the winery. Deep chocolaty, cherry and fig nose, the palate has a lovely off-dry sweetness, with a creamy cherry liqueur twist, more bittersweet dark chocolate and a fresh finish. Delicious. 88/100.

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