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'The Southern Rhône has two solid vintages in the pipeline; the elegant and lively 2015s and the deeper, richer, truly profound 2016s.'

90-92 Châteauneuf du Pape 'Louis Bernard' 2016 has a surprisingly modern bouquet, yet backs it up with fruit. Blueberries, passion fruits, garrigue and mint all emerge from this ripe, plum, incredibly sexy 2016 that tons of texture and richness, while never going over the top.

90-92 Gigondas 'Louis Bernard' 2016 offers outstanding aromas and flavors of cassis, peppery spice and camphor with a ripe, polished, fruit forward style.'

90-92 Vacqueyras 'Louis Bernard' 2016, opulent, full-bodied (...)

90 Châteauneuf du Pape 'Louis Bernard' 2015 blackberries, peppery herbs, hints of charcuterie and spice give way to a medium to full-bodied, plump, delicious red to drink over the coming 3-5 years.

89-91 Gigondas 'Louis Bernard' 2015,in tank at the time of my tastings. Black fruits,leafy herbs and apple peppery spice aromas and flavors. It should end up being an outstanding wine.'

90-92 Vacqueyras 'Louis Bernard' 2015 is another hedonistic charmer that does everything right. Plums, violets, spring flowers and spice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rounded, seamless beauty that's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.'

91 Châteauneuf du Pape 'Domaine la Crau des Papes' 2015 - from la Crau lieu-dit - Strawberries, leafy green herb, orange blossom and garrigue notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky red that has fine tannin and a great finish. It's going to drink nicely through 2025.'

90-92 Vacqueyras Domaine de Montbayon 2016 offers plenty of earthy black and blue fruits, peppery herbs and hints of violets in a full-bodied, impressively concentrated, balanced style.'