Although similar in style to the well-known neighboring Hermitage wines, this appellation has a unique flavor that can be attribuated to the soil. Whereas in the north the soil is typified by granite, the soil here tends to be clay covered with stones that help drainage and retain heat, helping the grapes to ripen with the heat they reflect.
Wines here boast robust flavors packed with berries and a nose of red fruits, leather and spices. The Crozes-Hermitage Louis Bernard exemplifies this style, with roundness in tannins that make it a wonderful wine ready to drink today.
While I generally enjoy the earthy character of French reds, this one was not complex enough to support the "earth." I served it at a party and very little of it was drunk... to my chagrin.