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Louis Bernard Reviews

Score: 90 | January 22, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Intensely ripe black-cherry flavor is shaded by hints of barnyard, bramble and garrigue in this well-priced wine. It’s lush and open knit in fruit character but complex too. The long finish ends on fine-grained, velvety tannins. Enjoy now–2022. 

Score: 92 | January 22, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Intensely ripe black-cherry and mulberry aromas are muted by shades of forest floor, porcini and dried violet in this full-bodied wine. The black fruit flavors are lavishly fruity but balanced by complexities of earth, leather and charcuterie. This inviting but stately wine should drink well through 2025. 

Score: 89-91 | August 31, 2018 | Wine Advocate

Reassuringly back up to par, Louis Bernard's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape offers hints of anise and cherry on the nose. A full-bodied blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, it's creamy and lush on the palate, easing into notes of mocha and black tea on the finish.

Score: 91-93 | August 31, 2018 | Wine Advocate

The full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine la Crau des Papes is a fine effort from  this widely distributed négociant. Garrigue, tea and floral notes accent raspberry and cherry fruit in this silky-textured wine, which remains lively and fresh through the long finish.

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. 

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.