2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche- France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (5/20/2019)
This is in a lovely spot. I have to say I’m a bit surprised it was so easy to enjoy on the PnP. A translucent ruby, with scents of smoke, dehydrated beef, lavender, and black pepper this is exactly what I wanted with our steaks tonight. This is light-medium bodied, with bright and vivid black and red fruits, a solid dose of tannin, and high acidity. Just a lovely wine…really something special. Outstanding!!!
I’m a buyer at those prices. I was late to the Levet game, but early to pop one of the 2016s. Copying a note I posted here somewhere on the 2016 Maestria (Les Journaries):
2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Maestria- France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (4/13/2019)
The back label says drink at 5-12 years but this is my first Levet so the cork comes out as soon as I get it home.
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Smoke on the water
Palate: Fire in the sky
Finish: Da da daaa, da da da daaa, da da daaa, da daaa
Seriously, it is deep purple. The nose is wild, with smoke, gamey bacon, pepper and herbs. Medium-full body, tons of tannin and acid but plenty of crisp fruit too, youthfully disjointed. Sometimes a young wine like this gets even more fiercely tannic with air but this mellows a bit after an hour or two in a decanter. A lot of fun now and a worthy sacrifice ITNOS, it will benefit from a decade to get its ya-yas out. When it does, it should be a killer.
I’ve felt the same way about some other Rhones as well, like Gonon, Benetiere, Paris Geynale, Texier Cote Rotie VV and even Chave. Sure these wines will be better in time, but they were quire accessible and very enjoyable. Actually, the Texier was spectacular on release, like amazingly open but not lacking in complexity.
'12 rostaing landonne was also fairly open (and delicious) on p’n’p, though this one did experience some tightening up after a few hours/on day 2. The nose was so intense I could smell it even with a cold.