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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2001
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2001
(search item no. 57176)
Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Grenache and Syrah that is an intense and brilliant red in the glass. On the nose and palate - spices and strawberry jam. Harmonious with a long finish. Recommended food: Pork chops, teriyaki salmon, or grilled NY steak.

The Côtes du Rhône-Villages represents the level between the regional appellation and the village appellation. Comprising seventy-two communities, this region became an appellation in 1967.

As an AOC, the wines of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages must conform to certain rules outlined by the INAO, or the Institute Nationale d'Appellation Controllee. These include requiring that the main varietal, Grenache, be blended with Cinsault, Syrah or Mourvedre. The minimum degree of alcohol is higher while the maximum grape yield allowed is smaller than the regional Cote du Rhone.

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About Louis Bernard:

Since 1976, Louis Bernard has united winemakers of the Rhone Valley in a common project: to devote the best of their wine and savoir-faire to producing great wines. With production throughout the Cotes du Rhone region, Louis Bernard remains dedicated to showcasing the unique characteristics of each terroir while producing exquisite, world-class wines.

La Chartreuse de Bonpas is a medieval fortified convent located near Avignon in the Provence region of France, on the Durance River. According to legend, the area was originally called "Maupas" (bad passage) because it was dominated by dangerous bandits. In the 12th century, a holy man named Sibertius arrived with soldiers, built a convent, and chased away the evil bandits. Thus, the name was changed from "Maupas" to "Bonpas" (good passage) and became known as a safe haven allowing travelers a secure crossing of the Durance River .

Today, this historic monument is surrounded by 45 acres of A.O.C. Cotes du Rhone vineyards and is home to Louis Bernard. Visitors can tour the chapel, stroll in the beautiful French-style gardens, and enjoy wine tasting in the ancient cellar.