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 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 Read more »

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  • St. Laurent

    St. Laurent: is a grape that is full of prounounced dark fruits such as black berries, sour cherries and prune compli...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010

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    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! Read More

    Wine review by NiagaraWiner


  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009

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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009

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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009

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    Wine review by TheWilsons


  • Speaking of Burgundy/ Pinot Noir tending to receive lower ratings than other reds, i'm heading out to a Pinot Noir Tasting in Santa Monica on Sunday.  20 Red Burgs and Pinot's combined, here's the lineup.  From what I can tell so far, there are a couple to be excited about. If you're in the LA area and are interested in attending, let me know - ... Read More

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  • Louis Bernard Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009

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    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 se... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I've been powering through wines from Spain, South Africa, and Chile. I've got say that of all of them the Carmeneres ahve been the most surpring. You've got to like a bit of herbaceousness in your wines, which I do, but in general they were some really distinctive and intresting wines. For summer the Rose season is apon us but I have yet to be ... Read More

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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009

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    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,... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009

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    Looking for a 2009 vintage preview (which Parker rates 93-98 depending on South ... 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... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008

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    Wine review by ConvoiVietnam


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