Maison Louis Bernard in Gigondas is known for creating great values in French wines. A vigneron, it selects the best grapes from a variety of vineyards in acclaimed regions to make its wine.
Cotes du Rhone is one of the largest and most diverse wine regions (about 140,000 acres) in France. This 2012 CDR Villages is mainly Grenache and Syrah.
If you know little else about French wines, know this. CDR wines are easy to drink, great values and please wine lovers be they newcomers or aficionados. Cotes du Rhone Villages is said to be superior to the more widely available Cotes du Rhone.
This wine came from the cellar of the Cabinator. We paid him a visit to check out his wine cellar project and were looking for a lighter red to enjoy before heading to downtown Toledo for some entertainment.
Louis Bernard filled the bill in spades. From the first sniff, I could tell we would enjoy this wine. It is fruit forward with rounded tannins. The Grenache gives this a nice soft profile and it ripples with cherry and red fruit flavors.
A great pick for a casual evening with friends.
Rating: 3 of 5 Value: 5 of 5 (Based on a $10 price)