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Louis Bernard Reviews

Score: 90 | October 19, 2017 | JebDunnuck.com

Moving to the 2015s mostly tasted from bottle, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Louis Bernard is another well made, enjoyable effort. blackberries, peppery herbs, hints of charcuterie and spice give way to a medium to full-bodied, plump, delicious red to drink over the coming 3-5 years. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, brought up all in concrete tanks.

Score: 90-92 | October 19, 2017 | JebDunnuck.com

The 2016 Gigondas looks to be a no-brainer, and it offers outstanding aromas and flavors of cassis, peppery spice, and camphor, with a ripe, polished, fruit forward style. This total crowd pleaser has lots of fruit, as well as sweet tannin, and should drink nicely right out of the gate. 

Score: 91 | October 19, 2017 | JebDunnuck.com

A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and the balance Mourvèdre, all from the la Crau lieu-dit, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Crau des Papes offers a more nuanced, layered style than the classic cuvée. Strawberries, leafy green herb, orange blossom and garrigue notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky red that has fine tannin and a great finish. It’s going to drink nicely through 2025.

Score: 90-92 | October 17, 2017 | JebDunnuck.com

Slightly more expensive, the 2016 Vacqueyras Domaine de Montbayon is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that was brought up all in tank. It offers plenty of earthy black and blue fruits, peppery herbs and hints of violets in a full-bodied, impressively concentrated, balanced style. It’s just another outstanding looking barrel sample from this negociant. 

Slightly more expensive, the 2016 Vacqueyras Domaine de Montbayon is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that was brought up all in tank. It offers plenty of earthy black and blue fruits, peppery herbs and hints of violets in a full-bodied, impressively concentrated, balanced style. It’s just another outstanding looking barrel sample from this negociant. 

 

Score: 90 | December 31, 2016 | Wine Advocate

The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages is an outstanding Southern Rhône that has loads of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits, medium-bodied richness and a peppery, spicy style on the palate that makes it a joy to drink. It’s a terrific value to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 2-3 years.

Score: 88 - Best Buy | September 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a plump, medium-bodied rosé, one that ably marries strawberry fruit with hints of cracked pepper and cinnamon. Best Buy. —J.C. 

Score: 88 - Best Buy | July 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This Plump, succulent wine has enough cinnamon and peppery spice notes to maintain interest sip after sip. 

Score: 90 | February 1, 2016 | Wine & Spirits

Year's Best Rhone
Red cherry flavors ring out with bell-tone clarity in this wine, herbal notes edging the ripe, juicy flavors. It feels cool and fresh, with a little vanilla and spice to smooth over the stony flavors beneath the fruit. 

Score: 88 | February 1, 2016 | Wine & Spirits

Best Buy 
Firm and savory, this is all lemons and stones, the flavors kept fresh by the wine's bright acidity. 

Score: 88 | November 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Best Buy

This isn’t the biggest or ripest Côtes du Rhône, but it balances hints of greenness with fresh cherry fruit. The floral notes on the nose are attractive, while the wine finishes firm and crisp. Boisset Family Estates. —J.C. 

Score: 89 | November 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

This well known négociant has turned in a sold effort. The nose is slightly herbal, but with attractive black-pepper shadings, while the fruit flavors favor dark skinned plum. Drink this medium-bodied, supple wine over the next few years. —J.C. 

Score: 87 | February 1, 2014 | Wine & Spirits
Best Buy. This is waxy and broad, with earth and herbal notes curbing the sweetness of the fruit. Give it a light chill for a goat cheese salad.
Score: 87 | February 1, 2014 | Wine & Spirits
Best Buy. Cherry bright and gamey, this is an easy pour for grilled fennel sausages.
Score: 87 | September 13, 2013 | Wine Spectator

Lightly nutty, with a toasted almond note followed by yellow apple and shortbread flavors. A dried pineapple hint shows on the finish.

Score: 87 | March 1, 2012 | The Rhone Report
Also well done and a fair value, the 2010 Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhône Domaine Le Garrigon, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan, shows loads of red and black fruits, leaf tobacco, damp earth, and pepper, to go with a medium-bodied, supple, lightly textured palate. There’s not much depth here, but it’s very well balanced, improves in the glass, and excels for its approachable, easy drinking character. It should be enjoyed over the coming 2-3 years.