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Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2015

Member Review by zufrieden:

The 2011 Bernard CdRV is typical of year-over-year quality with the usual Grenache-dominated nose.There is blueberry, plum and spice on a soft entry with good red fruit on the palate. There is less depth than in 2010, but this wine is pure CdR, if a tad light for a village wine. As usual, good quality-to-price Ratio. 86 points.

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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 Cotes du Rhone Villages

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,976
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/15/2013

The 2011 Bernard CdRV is typical of year-over-year quality with the usual Grenache-dominated nose.There is blueberry, plum and spice on a soft entry with good red fruit on the palate. There is less depth than in 2010, but this wine is pure CdR, if a tad light for a village wine. As usual, good quality-to-price Ratio. 86 points.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,976
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/29/2012

Hmmm. I have been following the modestly priced Louis Bernard line for a few years now and have never been disappointed at the quality to price ratio. This CdR Village wine is no exception. There is crushed red fruit and plum on the nose with an almost metallic note. On the palate, there is considerable acidity present for such a good vintage with a touch of cherry cola and a sizzling, longish finish. Some complexity apparent and signs that 3-5 years of bottle aging is not out of the question. Lighter in style than I'm used to in a Village wine, but excellent value nonetheless: buy a case if the style appeals. 88 points.


Snooth User: NiagaraWiner
584182488
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2012

A complex red with very many flavours and angles. A mature wine for its age. May improve with age. Strong bursts of full bodied currant, fig with a tail of heat. Ends nicely without alcohol taste, but rather a full circle experience. VERY INTERESTING!


Snooth User: NiagaraWiner
584182488
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,976
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/12/2011

The next step up for Bernard is this Villages wine. There is slightly more interest for the nostrils with uncooked cured bacon and plum with a hint of mushroom. Not opening up that much, but has a nice juicy Grenache core upon entry with a medium finish laced with middling tannin. A slightly more stout entry than the basic Cotes-du-Rhone and, dare we say, decent value.


Snooth User: kboof
555832291
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/30/2011

Three and a half glasses


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/03/2009

Deep dark ripe cherry aromas. Good acidity and refreshing. Classic red fruit flavors are quite lively -- cranberry and cherry. A great value wine.

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External Reviews for Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages

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Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
05/03/2017

Rhone, FranceWine Advocate 90 points!Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages is a beautiful red wine gem from the southern Rhone region of France. Maison Louis Bernard, based in Gigondas, France, was founded in 1976 in the heart of the Rhne Valley and its renowned Crus. Over the past 20 years, the winery has established close partnerships with more than 20 respected vineyard owners. Their wines follow this essential principle: the quality of the wine depends above all on the selection and maturity of the fruit. The production standards are stricter for Ctes du Rhne Villages than Ctes du Rhne, and these wines offer a more complex structure and a more powerful bouquet. This vintage is a blend of primarily Grenache and Syrah."Even better, the 2015 Ctes du Rhne Villages is an outstanding Southern Rhne 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."-Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 90 pointsEnjoy Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages over the next 4-5 years as an ideal accompaniment to lamb chops, skirt steak, spicy barbecue, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.


External Review
01/10/2018

The Wine Advocate scored this 90 points saying "Even better, 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."


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/25/2009

WS: 88 Points



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