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Louis Bernard Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2012

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Intensive, einladende Fruchtnoten, im Gaumen finessenreich mit ansprechendem Volumen, weich und elegant.

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Louis Bernard:
Established in 1976 in the Rhône Valley, we strive to make terroir-driven wines expressive of the Louis Bernard style: fruity and concentrated while also supple and well-rounded. Boasting a beautiful aromatic complexity and good structure, our wines can be enjoyed young, but also have great aging potential. In order to obtain the high-quality grapes needed to make exceptional wines, Louis B... Read more
Established in 1976 in the Rhône Valley, we strive to make terroir-driven wines expressive of the Louis Bernard style: fruity and concentrated while also supple and well-rounded. Boasting a beautiful aromatic complexity and good structure, our wines can be enjoyed young, but also have great aging potential. In order to obtain the high-quality grapes needed to make exceptional wines, Louis Bernard holds long-term contracts with about fifteen growers. Our oenologists and winemakers work closely with our growers, and we offer them incentives to surpass our defined level of quality. In this manner, we are able to obtain premium fruit year after year, enabling us to produce wines of consistent quality and style for a great value. Proof of our strategy’s success can be seen in the over thirty-five scores of 87+ points that we have received from Wine Spectator since 2000. The Chartreuse de Bonpas, a 12th century convent located just outside of Avignon in Caumont-Sur-Durance, is home to our organically-farmed estate vineyards, 42 acres of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Viognier. Read less

Member Reviews for Louis Bernard Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.00 5
08/13/2013

If you like the fatness and easy-drinking balance of Southern Rhone wines, this is the wine for you; slightly smoother and richer than the 2011, its blend of Grenache Blanc (dominant) Bourboulec and Viognier has peach, apricot and some floral notes with some rose petal on the palate. The finish is fairly short but expected and therefore satisfying. Crowd pleasing value. 86 points


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/26/2013

The 2011 edition of the well-priced Louis Bernard CdR blanc is wonderful for the patio this summer; nothing to irritate the punters; only, a little more Viognier might add some spirit (or dare I say Roussanne, as in past vintages?). Delicious, thirst-quenching with kiwi, cooking herbs and gooseberry dominant. Good value, so stock up. 85 points.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/23/2012

The 2010 vintage is a good bargain with lots of red fruit on the nose - cranberry, cherry, and perhaps raspberry. On the palate, the wine is a little bit thin, lacking a little in density, but is a good workhorse CdR with Grenache juiciness and a bit of Syrah structure. The Village wine is a step up, but the essential components of a good CdR are in place here: approachable, juicy wine with a bit of character at a very good price. 86 points


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/19/2012

Louis Bernard has provided good value from its headquarters in Gigondas for over 35 years. This 2009 Chateauneuf is no exception: with an inviting fruit flan nose of baked red berries and a palate-pleasing melange of sweet jammy fruit and syrah-mourvedre light spice and hardness, this wine is deliciously well-balanced - perfect for drinking now through 2016. Pairs well with roast beef and baked vegetables. Excellent value from an excellent vintage.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/08/2011

Looking for a 2009 vintage preview (which Parker rates 93-98 depending on South to North orientation), I picked up this usually highly reliable, inexpensive Louis Bernard. Very little of the usual licorice, smoke or anise; rather more like fresh sweet plum - but muted. Slightly tannic with more plum on the palate. Not very showy but well balanced with plenty of Syrah notes. Excellent for the money.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/01/2011

With an inviting citrus, stone fruit (peach, principally) and chamomile tea nose this southern Rhone wine inveigles one to drink - especially on a hot summer day. More citrus with just a slight viognier-initiated bitterness on the finish, this clean refreshing wine is a steal for the price. Buy by the case and serve with pride as your white selection at the BBQ. Nice work.


Snooth User: bosoxfan23
479256192
0.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/26/2010

Watery berries overwhelm hindering this wine's potential, especially with the strong contrasting aftertaste of dark licorice - underwhelming aromas - truly disappointed with this wine


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External Reviews for Louis Bernard Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
07/31/2013

Intensive, einladende Fruchtnoten, im Gaumen finessenreich mit ansprechendem Volumen, weich und elegant.



Intensive, einladende Fruchtnoten, im Gaumen finessenreich mit ansprechendem Volumen, weich und elegant.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 11.80%

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