Bernard Levet (1.5 L) 2017 Cote Rotie, AOC
Item Number: 14169
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Schist
Vintage Notes: Agnès Levet describes the 2017 vintage as “classic”—less intense in character than 2018, with more obvious minerality and less overall heft. She and her team began harvesting on September 6th, a full three weeks ahead of 2016, and she reported normal yields: in the vicinity of 40 hectoliters per hectare. The below 2017s were bottled in September of 2019, just prior to harvest.
Vineyard Notes: The Syrah fruit for Levet's basic Cote-Rotie is sourced from vineyards throughout the family’s holdings. Primary vineyards include Les Craies and Mollard in the Côte Blonde, with younger vines from Moulin and Fontgent in the Côte Brune.
Winemaking Notes: The wines of Bernard Levet are produced in the same doggedly old-school manner as they have always been: minimal de-stemming, natural fermentations, long macerations, élévage in old foudres and tonneaux, and no filtration. The fruit for the 2017 Cote-Rotie was 50% is de-stemmed. The wine spent two years in 600-liter barrels, less than 10% of which were new.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Cote-Rotie AOC is rich but balanced, with spice-inflected tannins and an impression of slowly unfolding layers—alternatingly elegant and authoritative.