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...

  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2012

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    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 satisfy... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hi Guys:In my ongoing saga of trying to learn how to cook, I'm planning on giving lobster thermidor a whirl soon. I'd like to pair it with 2-3 wines, mostly as a pairing experiment to see which works best. Any ideas? I was thinking I could potentially combine the dinner with the vintage VS NV champagne combo I've been meaning to do...other ideas... Read More

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  • Louis Bernard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003

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    Drank this a few weeks ago and still can't get it out of my head. Exquisite! Read More

    Wine review by Lares


  • Bonpas Reserve de Bonpas Cotes-du-Rhone 2011

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and I drank it at the weekend with ... vineyard owner and negociant Louis Bernard.The Chartreuse de Bonpas is a medieval fortified convent near Avignon surrounded by a 45 hectare vineyard belonging to Louis Bernard.The bottle label does tell the story of how Pope John XXII gave the convent a coat of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This is the second part in a three part series on wine prices over the past decade. Part one can be found here, and today I follow up with part two, a look at Tuscan wines and the wines of the Rhone Valley. I love Tuscan wines and I love Sangiovese. Pure, fresh, fruity and austere all at once, it’s one of the greatest food wines on the planet, a... Read More

    From the article Wines Then and Now : Part 2


  • Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhône Grenache Syrah Red Blend France-the Rhone 2010

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    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 ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010

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    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... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhones Blanc 2010

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    This 2010 edition of the Bernard Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc is very good if lacking the complexity of the 2009 which included a generous infusion of Roussanne. Still, the additional punch of Viognier livens up the palate with citrus and spice just enough to offset the blandness of Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. And as a wine with some character, it i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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