Bernard’s longstanding relationships with generational grape growers are based on mutual beliefs in viticulture, wine-making and ultimately the wines they like to share, as of course, wine is for sharing. Bernard produces small parcels of exceptional hand-crafted wines that showcase the region and the vintage from some of France’s most classic wine-making regions.
2016 was a fine succession vintage from the famed 2015. Many producers in fact preferring it. Grenache felt the drought and warmth mores-so with the result generally being smaller berries and thus lower yields but other than that the vintage had very few abnormal challenges. Diurnal temperatures were of interest to the keenest growers as the region experienced very warm days, without the devasting heat episodes yet the nights were exceptionally fresh for the 2016 summer. Perfect for attaining ripeness and delivering wines with freshness and vitality.
Combining fruit richness and savoury complexity, this gorgeous rendition offers lifted aromas of dark plum, dried cherry, truffle and cake spice on the nose, leading to a sumptuous palate that is silky and mouthfilling. The wine is generously expressed with layers of silky texture and spicy nuances, finishing long and succulent. At its best: now to 2021. Price : $27.00; Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Organic. It’s a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah. If you’re looking for a modestly priced Southern Rhone, then here’s a bit of a goer. Red fruits, aromatic scrub herbs, spice, grilled meat. Medium-bodied, some sticky tannin, balanced acidity, distinctly perfumed with dried herb, red fruit and cherry, and a tidy finish of satisfying length. Lovely wine. Very easy to enjoy. Rated: 91 Points; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2026; Rating: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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