Côtes du Luberon AOC, southern France; 14.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 13 Sept
I eagerly grabbed this when I saw it, recalling Lim13’s and DLuber’s positive reviews of other Bernard wines. I was not disappointed! As Seedboy commented about this wine: “Needs some air to open up but then nice southern French red.”
I thought that, while promising from first pour, it really rewarded 1:45 to 2 hours of air in a decanter. Then, the wine delivers ripe, tangy, earthy, and slightly liqueur-like flavors of dark black cherry, medium ripe blackberry, tar / fruit pit, balanced with zingy acid.
The saved, single-glass scewcap bottle was a little more red and simple, perhaps more acid, but otherwise very similar. Still pretty good, but better the first day. Overall, Thumbs Up!