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#1 Post by Claus Jeppesen » October 28th, 2018, 7:47 am

I have seen Maestro, Chavaroche, La Piroline, Amethyste, Journaries
I think Chavaroche is a specific vineyard, but the others?
All 100% Syrah?
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#2 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 7:49 am

From the American importers website:

Cote Rotie La Chavaroche: The cuvee that we have imported from the outset (1983 vintage) is from the “Chavaroche” vineyard. As explained above, this wine is aged for thirty to thirty-six months prior to bottling. It is, quite simply, a ferocious wine, unique in its uninhibited expression of the smells and flavors of the appellation. No compromise is brooked here. The result is a wine that is controversial, too “wild” for many but, for us, one of the most elite wines in our personal pantheon. We import annually approximately 2400 bottles (a mix of 750mls and magnums).

Cote Rotie Les Journaries: Since the 2004 vintage, we have expanded our work with the Levet family to include a second bottling of Cote Rotie known as “Les Journaries”, a cuvée drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the “La Landonne” lieu-dit. This wine is more subtle, more elegant and “quieter” if you will than the “Chavaroche”. At the same time, it is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of the inclusion of stems (a hallmark of the Levet tradition). The “Journaries” is approachable at an earlier stage than its companion “La Chavaroche” but, that being said, it is a wine that not only ages gracefully but almost requires a touch of patience. We now import approximately 1500 bottles plus magnums of this cuvée each vintage.

Côte-Rôtie “Cuvée Amethyste”: The “house cuvée” is a selected blend from all the parcels that the Levet family owns. Produced in the same manner as “La Chavaroche” and “Les Journaries,” this bottling tends to be the most open and immediately seductive of the three versions of Levet Côte-Rôtie. This easiness is relative, of course, for this bottling still impresses. Levet’s typical smoky and savage character is here counterpointed by an elegant, floral, and wild-berry fruit. 2015 marks the first vintage that we have imported this cuvée. Alas, we have now sourced all that is available of this storied domaine.

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#3 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 7:54 am

And here is the technical data:

https://madrose.com/producers/france/co ... ard-levet/

100% syrah, La Chav is 100% whole cluster while Le Journaries is 60%. Aged in older barrels, 660L.

As I had just posted in a thread started by Adrian, I think any lover of Levet should buy the La Chav and the Les Journaries in every vintage. Levet expresses the vintages so transparently, each vintage has its signature. The two wines are distinct, each stands on its own. While La Chav is generally held out to be the flagship, I think Les Journaries is equally as good in some vintages, and actually better in some vintages, say like 2013. It also seems to be more approach at a more youthful age.
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#4 Post by Claus Jeppesen » October 28th, 2018, 7:56 am

Thanks Robert
What about the others?
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#5 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 8:00 am

I am pretty sure La Pirolene is the name used in Europe for La Chave, and Maestro is the name used for Les Journaries.

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#6 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 8:03 am

I should clarify, Levet uses the syrah genetic variant called La Sirene. He does not cut with any white.
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#7 Post by G. Shields » October 28th, 2018, 8:06 am

What Robert said!
I am really curious as to why they have different names for cuvées EU vs US...
I have not tasted any Levet yet, but the chat on this board has me very keen to try. I hope to find time for a visit in Nov/Dec to taste 2016s... will report back if I can make it happen!
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#8 Post by Claus Jeppesen » October 28th, 2018, 8:10 am

This is the Piroline 2015
The other cuvees have the standard label
I used to buy Levet in the 90's vintages. They were as outstanding as they were cheap [cheers.gif]
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#9 Post by William Kelley » October 28th, 2018, 8:29 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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I am pretty sure La Pirolene is the name used in Europe for La Chave, and Maestro is the name used for Les Journaries.
It's not Maestro but Maestria - but yes, that's the UK/EU name for Journaires (which includes lots of La Landonne).

La Chavroche in USA = La Péroline in UK/EU.
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#10 Post by William Kelley » October 28th, 2018, 8:30 am

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:10 am
This is the Piroline 2015
The other cuvees have the standard label
I used to buy Levet in the 90's vintages. They were as outstanding as they were cheap [cheers.gif]
Agnès Levet personally designs all of the domaine's labels...
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#11 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 8:31 am

Should be called Maestro, cause it's so dang good!

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#12 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2018, 8:33 am

There is a wine writer of acclaim that pops in from time to time, I think his name is Billy, or something like that, who wrote a nice piece on Levet:

https://wfkelley.com/2015/11/14/in-prai ... ard-levet/

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#13 Post by William Kelley » October 28th, 2018, 8:57 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:33 am
There is a wine writer of acclaim that pops in from time to time, I think his name is Billy, or something like that, who wrote a nice piece on Levet:

https://wfkelley.com/2015/11/14/in-prai ... ard-levet/
You are too kind, Robert.

The oldest Levet I have in my cellar is the 1989. You should make it out to Beaune some time!
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#14 Post by Claus Jeppesen » October 28th, 2018, 9:18 am

Great article William
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#15 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2018, 5:01 am

I just did some backfilling on Levet with a mixed case, including 2010 and 2011 Les Journaries. I have had them both again recently, and well worth the hunt to find them. At least for my funk-driven palate, this is as good as $50 can find in Rhone.

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#16 Post by Sh@n A » October 29th, 2018, 6:32 am

Would a 2004 or 2007 Chavaroche be best to try over the next 6 months? I saw prior TNs the 2007s were near ready, but perhaps a bit young. Which is the more accurate expression of a wine (that folks say changes drastically vintage-to-vintage)? I had a 2011 a few months ago... young and a bit too feral for the wife, and I was cautiously positively disposed (I can better appreciate a little funk)... I would like to give it another go.
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#17 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2018, 7:02 am

Sh@n A wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 6:32 am
Would a 2004 or 2007 Chavaroche be best to try over the next 6 months? I saw prior TNs the 2007s were near ready, but perhaps a bit young. Which is the more accurate expression of a wine (that folks say changes drastically vintage-to-vintage)? I had a 2011 a few months ago... young and a bit too feral for the wife, and I was cautiously positively disposed (I can better appreciate a little funk)... I would like to give it another go.
Levet is not for all Rhone or Syrah lovers. Even Alan Rath, who has a tremendous palate for Syrah and the love of Northern Rhone, does not seem to care for Levet. Neither does Adrian So, finding it a bit gamy. I love it for these feral, animalistic qualities. But again, not a wine for everyone. I think the 2011 is outstanding. I would choose 2007 over the 2004. I think 2004 is wildly animalistic, but I don’t know whether it needs more time and whether the fruit can outlast the structure. It is a very powerful wine. A bit inscrutable.

I think some folks hat have been buying Levet based on the current Rhone hype will be flipping it later. It’s the Laphroig single malt of Cote Rotie.
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#18 Post by C. Mc Cart » October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am

A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
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#19 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2018, 7:35 am

C. Mc Cart wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am
A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
I don’t know the answer to that question, but this is on Leve’s site:

The wine takes its name from the specific parcel of vines where the grapes are planted in the La Landonne lieu-dit.
Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/rh ... hone-wine/

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#20 Post by Greg K » October 29th, 2018, 8:14 am

Sh@n A wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 6:32 am
Would a 2004 or 2007 Chavaroche be best to try over the next 6 months? I saw prior TNs the 2007s were near ready, but perhaps a bit young. Which is the more accurate expression of a wine (that folks say changes drastically vintage-to-vintage)? I had a 2011 a few months ago... young and a bit too feral for the wife, and I was cautiously positively disposed (I can better appreciate a little funk)... I would like to give it another go.
As Robert said, that '04 Levet has some serious funk. One of the Levets I've had that may have been a bit too funky for me, and I like Levet a lot!
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#21 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2018, 8:37 am

I have a maggie of that 2004, tempted to pop it for Fu. See if he can handle a manly Rhone over his 2015 fruit-bombs! ;)

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#22 Post by William Kelley » October 29th, 2018, 9:11 am

C. Mc Cart wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am
A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
I don't think marketing is their strong point!
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#23 Post by Greg K » October 29th, 2018, 9:16 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 8:37 am
I have a maggie of that 2004, tempted to pop it for Fu. See if he can handle a manly Rhone over his 2015 fruit-bombs! ;)
I distinctly remember having the 04 at Nice Matin a few years ago and initially wondering if it might actually be a bit off newhere
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#24 Post by Greg K » October 29th, 2018, 9:16 am

William Kelley wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 9:11 am
C. Mc Cart wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am
A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
I don't think marketing is their strong point!
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#25 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2018, 9:29 am

William Kelley wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:57 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:33 am
There is a wine writer of acclaim that pops in from time to time, I think his name is Billy, or something like that, who wrote a nice piece on Levet:

https://wfkelley.com/2015/11/14/in-prai ... ard-levet/
You are too kind, Robert.

The oldest Levet I have in my cellar is the 1989. You should make it out to Beaune some time!
A 1998 is the best I can do for a mature one! I’ve not had anything more mature than 2004.

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#26 Post by Markus S » October 29th, 2018, 10:09 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:00 am
I am pretty sure La Pirolene is the name used in Europe for La Chave...
I wouldn't call it 'La Chave', as it sounds as if Jean-Louis moved upstrream.
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#27 Post by Markus S » October 29th, 2018, 10:10 am

G. Shields wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:06 am
What Robert said!
I am really curious as to why they have different names for cuvées EU vs US...
Yes, very stupid and confusing!
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#28 Post by Markus S » October 29th, 2018, 10:12 am

Greg K wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 8:14 am
Sh@n A wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 6:32 am
Would a 2004 or 2007 Chavaroche be best to try over the next 6 months? I saw prior TNs the 2007s were near ready, but perhaps a bit young. Which is the more accurate expression of a wine (that folks say changes drastically vintage-to-vintage)? I had a 2011 a few months ago... young and a bit too feral for the wife, and I was cautiously positively disposed (I can better appreciate a little funk)... I would like to give it another go.
As Robert said, that '04 Levet has some serious funk. One of the Levets I've had that may have been a bit too funky for me, and I like Levet a lot!
Many 04 Cote Rotie's have some nasty funk.
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#29 Post by William Kelley » October 29th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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A 1998 is the best I can do for a mature one! I’ve not had anything more mature than 2004.
They can be a bit feral, but I doubt you would mind that!
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#30 Post by William Kelley » October 29th, 2018, 12:27 pm

Markus S wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 10:10 am
G. Shields wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:06 am
What Robert said!
I am really curious as to why they have different names for cuvées EU vs US...
Yes, very stupid and confusing!
I don't know, but I assume Rosenthal asked them to give the cuvées lieux-dit derived names as opposed to the brand names that they had for the European market.
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#31 Post by Kirk.Grant » October 30th, 2018, 5:21 pm

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 8:10 am
This is the Piroline 2015
The other cuvees have the standard label
I used to buy Levet in the 90's vintages. They were as outstanding as they were cheap [cheers.gif]
That's a VERY interesting label...beautiful.
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#32 Post by Pat Martin » October 30th, 2018, 7:20 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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From the American importers website:

Cote Rotie La Chavaroche: The cuvee that we have imported from the outset (1983 vintage) is from the “Chavaroche” vineyard. As explained above, this wine is aged for thirty to thirty-six months prior to bottling. It is, quite simply, a ferocious wine, unique in its uninhibited expression of the smells and flavors of the appellation. No compromise is brooked here. The result is a wine that is controversial, too “wild” for many but, for us, one of the most elite wines in our personal pantheon.
Goodness, this reads like a viniferous Rorschach test, and it’s setting off all of my Pavlovian response potential (I’m drooling).
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#33 Post by c fu » October 31st, 2018, 3:58 am

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I have a maggie of that 2004, tempted to pop it for Fu. See if he can handle a manly Rhone over his 2015 fruit-bombs! ;)
If I came to Orlando and your choice of wine for me was 04 levet when you’ve served gonon vv to.. less enthusiastic lovers of the northern Rhône I’d probably just get in my car and head to Disney world or something [snort.gif]
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#34 Post by Alan Rath » November 1st, 2018, 2:03 pm

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Levet is not for all Rhone or Syrah lovers. Even Alan Rath, who has a tremendous palate for Syrah and the love of Northern Rhone, does not seem to care for Levet.
I recognize, and am somewhat embarrassed by, my own limitations. To this end, I am letting a dead skunk slowly decay under my house in the crawl space, so as to build up a tolerance, perhaps even love, for the subtleties of Levet.

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#35 Post by Sh@n A » November 1st, 2018, 2:06 pm

How much of the love for Chavaroche is to mitigate generating interest for Journaries? [berserker.gif]
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#36 Post by Marcus Dean » November 1st, 2018, 2:11 pm

C. Mc Cart wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am
A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
I believe (but stand to be corrected) that Journaries is an old name for Landonne

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#37 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 1st, 2018, 2:42 pm

c fu wrote:
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October 29th, 2018, 8:37 am
I have a maggie of that 2004, tempted to pop it for Fu. See if he can handle a manly Rhone over his 2015 fruit-bombs! ;)
If I came to Orlando and your choice of wine for me was 04 levet when you’ve served gonon vv to.. less enthusiastic lovers of the northern Rhône I’d probably just get in my car and head to Disney world or something [snort.gif]
I also took him to a basketball game in the skybox, sadly your only choice is Billy Joel!

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#38 Post by c fu » November 1st, 2018, 2:45 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 1st, 2018, 2:42 pm
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Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 8:37 am
I have a maggie of that 2004, tempted to pop it for Fu. See if he can handle a manly Rhone over his 2015 fruit-bombs! ;)
If I came to Orlando and your choice of wine for me was 04 levet when you’ve served gonon vv to.. less enthusiastic lovers of the northern Rhône I’d probably just get in my car and head to Disney world or something [snort.gif]
I also took him to a basketball game in the skybox, sadly your only choice is Billy Joel!
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#39 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 1st, 2018, 2:47 pm

Oh, and bring the faded skinny jeans with the frays and holes for style. That earns bottles. Charlie Carnes approved.

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#40 Post by Pat Martin » November 1st, 2018, 2:48 pm

Man, I must be seriously funk tolerant (old school Bordeaux is my first love). I’ve only had Levet 4-5 times but I’ve never gotten this funk city stuff. Sure, it was wild but more in a full stem, reductive, rustic, herbal, zesty way than due to Brett or decaying mammals. [berserker.gif]
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#41 Post by Markus S » November 1st, 2018, 2:58 pm

Pat Martin wrote:
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Man, I must be seriously funk tolerant (old school Bordeaux is my first love). I’ve only had Levet 4-5 times but I’ve never gotten this funk city stuff. Sure, it was wild but more in a full stem, reductive, rustic, herbal, zesty way than due to Brett or decaying mammals. [berserker.gif]
Oh thanks goodness.
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#42 Post by G. Shields » December 6th, 2018, 5:17 am

Many thanks to all the contributors on this board for having picqued my interest in Domaine Levet. They don't seem to get much exposure in France and I had never seen any bottles in the cavistes, so decided it was high time to head down the motorway to Ampuis and taste the latest vintage.

I booked an appointment with Agnes, but on arrival the caveau was firmly shut and no answer to the doorbell. A quick phone call and she apologised and informed that they were having techncal problems with one of their cuves and would be a little delayed. 15 min later, she duly arrived and welcomed me in.

Agnes herself was incredibly welcoming, unassuming and softly spoken, she seems to represent an old-school link to an earlier expression of the nothern rhone. It was a real pleasure to discuss with her as she explained the history of their petite serine vines that are specific to Cote-Rotie, how her father began massal selection once the old pepinierie in Ampuis closed in the mid-80s and all you could find were the 'generic' syrah clones.

From the earlier discussion in the thread, i enquired on the naming of the cuvees and she shyly revealed all! 'Chavaroche' is the name of the US cuvee since when the importer Rosenthal was tasting from barrel way back when, he liked this one best and asked to have this bottled on its own. At the time, they were blending all into a single Cote Rotie, so the US was the only market that had this single-parcel wine, and the name has stayed. Once they began single vineyard bottling for France/Europe they opted to use 'phantasy' names as there are adminsitrative hurdles, INAO etc... when using lieux-dits, so it is to save hassle. 'Peroline' is the name of Agnes' grand (or great-grand?)-mother... As to 'Journaries', this is the name of the specific lieu-dit within La Landonne that pre-dates the more recent vineyard definitions. She explained the the name is associated as the parcel was in the old days far and hard to get to when you did'nt have a car so the workers would spend the whole day there: 'La Journee': there are huts and shelters built so the workers could spend a full day without making a return trip...

2016 was a warm but not hot vintage in CR, but above all it was a long season. Harvest at Levet was from end September to finish in early October. In this vintage 'Amethyste' is 50% whole cluster, 'Maestria/Journaries' is 60%, and 'Perolines/Chavaroche' is 100%. Macerations typcially around 20 days, with submerged cap and remontages. Aging in 600l demi-muids, of which 10-15% are new. 'Amethyste' was bottled in April, 'Maestria' and 'Peroline' in September.

Onto the wines:

2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Améthyste - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (05/12/2018)
Domaine tasting, brief note: deep purple colour. Shy nose initially, giving violets, red fruits. Slowly builds out revealing some meaty touches. Very pure fruit on the palate, fine but present tannins, salty finish. Refreshing and fruit forward Cote-Rotie. 50% whole cluster in 2016

2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Maestria - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (05/12/2018)
Domaine tasting, brief note: magnificent robe, deep impenetrable purple. Nose gives purple and dark fruits, a hint of something roasted. Elegant palate, soaked purple fruits, great length. The tannins build over time on the palate, and the wine has a remarable firm yet soft texture, like a brick wrapped in velvet! 60% whole cluster in 2016

2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Péroline - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (05/12/2018)
Domaine tasting, brief note: deep, deep colour in the glass, almost black. Nose closed up tight, but gives up a wholesome meatiness, like a delicious home-cooked stew of meat and herbs, full of depth and warming comfort. On palate this is loaded with palate-coating tannins, rich and very long, with layers of black olive and touches of dark fruit. Great persistence on the very long finish. Needs time but excellent potential
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I found the wines superb, especially Maestria and Peroline: two different styles, the purity and depth of fruit on the one and the savoury depth on the other, they made a real impression and the taste of that old-school syrah lasted a really long time into the day!

A super visit, unbelievable good value compared to some much else in this appellation, but perhaps a reflection that post-purchase you need to invest lots, and lots of time before you can have a drink! I hope i'll be able to find some older vintages to be able to taste these wines again in the intervening 10 years !

Thanks to Agnes for the tasting and for sharing her insights and experience, a lovely visit that will stay with me a while.
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#43 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 6th, 2018, 5:24 am

Wow, wonderful post, Gawain, thanks for sharing! Really special, distinct wines.

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#44 Post by G. Shields » December 6th, 2018, 5:30 am

Indeed they are Robert, and many thanks to you for singing their praises and getting them on my radar! [cheers.gif]
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#45 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » December 6th, 2018, 5:39 am

Martin Steinley introduced me to them. This Board is a treasure-trove of great information.

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Re: Visit to Levet in Ampuis - Cote-Roties 2016

#46 Post by Markus S » December 6th, 2018, 6:25 am

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Surprised they don't use a label on the French wines. Thanks for your report!
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#47 Post by G. Shields » December 6th, 2018, 6:42 am

I think it might be a transparent label on the front, while there is a back label with the picture...
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...and the collection of Agnes' artwork from vintages over the years...
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#48 Post by Jeff Leve » December 6th, 2018, 11:10 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:35 am
C. Mc Cart wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 am
A question - If Le Journaries is old vine La La, why not call it La Landonne?

Surely a more prestigious label to have than their own proprietary label name.
I don’t know the answer to that question, but this is on Leve’s site:

The wine takes its name from the specific parcel of vines where the grapes are planted in the La Landonne lieu-dit.
Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/rh ... hone-wine/

The wine cannot be sold as La Landonne, because 100% of the grapes are not from La Landonne. The grapes come from other vineyards as well.

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#49 Post by Claus Jeppesen » December 6th, 2018, 11:47 am

G. Shields wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 6:42 am
I think it might be a transparent label on the front, while there is a back label with the picture...

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...and the collection of Agnes' artwork from vintages over the years...

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So is it only La Péroline that gets different labels/bottles each vintage?
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#50 Post by G. Shields » December 7th, 2018, 2:05 am

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 11:47 am
So is it only La Péroline that gets different labels/bottles each vintage?
Yes Claus, that is correct
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