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Louis Bernard Reviews

Score: 91 | December 1, 2019 |

The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage, which was brought up all in vat, offers a ripe, fruit-driven bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with plenty of candied violets, incense, and peppery spice aromas and flavors. It's polished, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and rock-solid. Enjoy bottles over the coming 7-8 years.

Score: 92 | November 12, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Cherry and plum flavors are youthful and fresh in this wine, accented by crushed mineral and a tinge of peppery spice. It's silken-smooth in texture yet held upright by taut, persistent tannins. Attractive already the wine should improve through 2028 and hold further.

Score: 93 | November 12, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Whiffs of dried sage and anise lend complexity to fleshy, cherry and blackberry in this blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It's glossy and sleek but edged by hints of crushed granite and licorice that linger through a long finish. Plush texture and open-knit fruit make it appealing already but rigid tannins should gain finesse through 2026 and likely beyond.

Score: 90 | September 26, 2019 |

Even better than the 2017, the 2018 Vacqueyras is a similar, forward, fleshy, fruit bomb beauty that has a deep purple color and loads of blue fruits, mint, garrigue, and floral aromas and flavors. It too is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.

Score: 89-92 | September 26, 2019 |

Not yet bottled, the 2018 Gigondas is a big mouthful of a Gigondas that offers fruit bomb levels of cassis, ground pepper, and spice. Soft, forward, and sexy, it’s not going to make old bones, but it certainly packs the fruit. Drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years.

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: 90-92 | October 17, 2017 |

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: 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.