The Sour Grape

Louis Bernard Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2012

A quality Cotes du Rhone with more depth and complexity than average; almost always on offer for a bargain price as well.

A quality Cotes du Rhone with more depth and complexity than average; almost always on offer for a bargain price as well.

Cotes du Rhone are usually fairly chilled out affaires, but this means business… A deep ruby purple colour with a soft pastel blackberry/black cherry and coffee cream aroma, intense inky berry fruit and garrigue herbs on the palate with an impressive charcoal minerality. Good concentration of fruit and a dark brooding depth that’s balanced with soft integrated tannins. £8 full price from Sainsbury’s; it’s on offer regularly enough between £5.50 and £6.50 to never bother paying the full amount.

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