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WINE ENTHUSIAST

GIGONDAS - Louis Bernard 2015 - 92/100

Intensely ripe black-cherry and mulberry aromas are muted by shades of forest floor, porcini and dried violet in this full-bodied wine. The black fruit flavors are lavishly fruity but balanced by complexities of earth, leather and charcuterie. This inviting but stately wine should drink well through 2025.  March 2019.

 

CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - LOUIS  2016 - 90/100
Intensely ripe black-cherry flavor is shaded by hints of barnyard, bramble and garrigue in this well-priced wine. It's lush and open knit in fruit character but complex too. The long finish ends on fine-grained, velvety tannins. Enjoy now–2022.  March 2019.

 

CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - Louis Bernard red 2016 - 89/100 BEST BUY
Crisp blackberry and cherry flavors lend a vibrant edge to this full-bodied yet freshly balanced wine. It's crisply concentrated and silky on the palate, with integrated notes of vanilla, anise and spice. The finish is moderately long, lingering on hints of dried lavender and thyme. A.I.  Sept. 2018.

 

CÔTES DU RHÔNE - Louis Bernard Rosé 2018 - 88/100 BEST BUY

Initial whiffs are a bit earthen and dusty but aeration exposes airy tones of raspberry, peach and strawberry in this wine. It's dry and crisply concentrated but also pristinely fresh and fruity. Drink now. July 2019