Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Les Journaries 2018

96 Vinous

"An intensely perfumed nose displays mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral pastille scents that pick up olive paste, bacon and exotic spice notes with air. In a concentrated yet energetic style, offering appealingly sweet cherry, blueberry, licorice, spicecake and candied lavender flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral thrust on a wonderfully long, floral-accented finish shaped by fine-grained, slow-building tannins. 70% of this fruit comes from La Landonne and the rest is from Côte Blonde." -Josh Raynolds

$89.99

Description

Country: France

Region: Nothern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

Variety: 100% Syrah

Terroir: Mostly from the western portion of the famed Landonne lieu-dit, on steeply-sloped terraces, estate farmed "Lutte Raisonnée" with soils of Mica-rich Schist, overlooking Ampuis; Vines average 45 years old and are hand harvested.

Winemaking: 30-40% de-stemmed, wine ferments for 3 weeks using selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks; Aged 24 months in 600 liter demi-muids and 69 hectaliter foudres (15% new oak).

"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." -Rosenthal Wine Merchants

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