Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Bernard Levet

Only 1 bottle of each rare MAGNUM available
2020 Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche....$219.99 / 1.5 liter
Labeled La Peroline in markets outside the United States, the 2020 Cote Rotie La Chavaroche (a barrel sample, from the lieu-dit of the same name) is another terrific wine from this tiny estate. It's a bit more complex and herbal-stemmy than the other bottlings, but it's also floral and tea-scented, with baskets of purple raspberries on the nose as well. Medium to full-bodied, it's the silkiest, most complete of the three cuvées at this address, while still boasting ample concentration and length and plenty of ripe tannins. Give it at least another 5 years in a cool cellar.
Rated 95-97/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 Vinous Media
Rated 93-95+/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2020 Bernard Levet Cote Rotie Les Journaries....$212.99 / 1.5 liter
Again a prospective sample blended from several barrels, the 2020 Cote Rotie Les Journaries (labeled Maestria outside the United States) is a blend of fruit from La Landonne and Côte Brune. It's full-bodied, rich and tannic, even chewy, with plenty of concentration, yet it's also fresh and fruit-driven, with vibrant notes of purple raspberries and exotic spices. This should be terrific; it just needs a good 5+ years.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 Vinous Media
Rated 93-95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2018 Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche ...$219.99 / 1.5 liter

Powerful, spice- and mineral-laced black/blue fruit scents show superb focus and pick up suggestions of smoked meat, licorice and violet with air. Sappy, deeply concentrated and pure, offering juicy blueberry, boysenberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that are firmed by a spine of tangy acidity. Blends power and vivacity with a sure hand and finishes extremely long and minerally, with supple tannins building steadily and in harmony with the wine's assertive dark fruit. 100% whole clusters; all neutral foudres.
Rated 96/100 Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

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