Bernard Levet 2018 Cote Rotie, La Chavaroche, AOC
Item Number: 15672
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Chavaroche
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Wine Notes: The crown jewel of the Levet family’s holdings is a 1.2-hectare parcel of old vines at the very summit of the great La Chavaroche vineyard, and the wine they summon from this dizzying slope is among the most iconic in our entire portfolio. Always strikingly wild, La Chavaroche Côte-Rôtie possesses an unmistakable musk: a warm animal profile that feels somehow ancient and unknowable, a sort of profound riddle of terroir. This 2018 is stark in its power, displaying far more structure at this stage than Les Journaries without feeling heavier, and shot through with an explosive sense of minerality.
Vintage Notes: Agnès Levet describes her 2018s as driven by finesse despite their voluminous stature, contrasting them with the far more forbiddingly structured 2019s. She began harvesting on the 12th of September, and the wines proceeded through their malolactic fermentations swiftly, finishing at roughly the same time as the alcoholic fermentations, at alcohol levels between 13.5 and 14%.