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Louis Bernard Reviews

Score: 89 | June 28, 2021 | Wine Enthusiast
Score: 90 | June 11, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Just-melted licorice, plum reduction and warm fruit cake aromas and flavors are supported by fresh acidity. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 2,500 cases made, 200 cases imported. — JM

Score: 91 | June 11, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Bright and juicy, with cherry paste and raspberry purée notes spilling forth, backed by anise, apple wood and tobacco notes through the rich finish. Approachable, but no rush at all. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2030. 2,700 cases made, 200 cases imported. — JM

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: 92 | August 31, 2018 | Wine Advocate

As I predicted last year, Louis Bernard's 2016 Gigondas has turned out well and will undoubtedly be an excellent value once pricing is released (the 2014 is the latest vintage available in the United States at the time of this writing). Hints of garrigue accent ripe cherry and stone fruit aromas, while the full-bodied palate is creamy and supple in texture. It's already so drinkable, so sexy, that I question its ability to age, so enjoy it over the next 6-7 years.

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: 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.