Louis Bernard Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2012
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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