Stopped on by La Petite France for dinner and chose this wine. It was one of the few that was by the 1/2 litre that caught my attention. I really wish restaurants would start offering more wines by the 1/2 bottle or 1/2 litre. Given how low the legal limits are for blowing yellow these days having to order a whole bottle for two to get a decent wine is getting old real fast. I do digress …
So I chose this one. How bad can a Cotes du Rhone village be I figured? The wine is quite dark in color. On the nose are some earthy notes and some fruit. All in all quite mild. On the mid pallet are some slightly sweet red berry fruit flavors with some herbal notes. I often read reviewers referring to “La Garrique” flavors and that might just be it. On the finish there are some mild dry notes and some tannins. The wine is more a collection of poorly integrated flavors than anything else. There is nothing horrible about this wine, but nothing fabulous either. I would give it an 87-88. I won’t be rushing out for more. I paired it with a rack of lamb and it went fine, complementing the meal pretty well.
From the LCBO web site:
LOUIS BERNARD COTES DU RHONE LCBO 581645 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 12.00
Wine, Red Wine, 13.8% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : 1
Made in: Rhone, France By: Les Domaines Bernard
Medium deep brick red colour; aromas of pepper, anise, plums with earthy notes; dry, medium bodied, with ripe, juicy berry fruit flavours and hints of cocoa on the finish.
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