Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche 2020 1.5L
SKU: 40230

Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche 2020

  • v98
  • jd93-95+


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This 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.
  • v98

Opaque violet color. Expansive blackberry, kirsch, licorice, smoky bacon and potpourri aromas are complemented by a vibrant mineral overtone. Taut and sharply focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, smoke- laced black and blue fruit liqueur, olive paste, black cardamom and floral pastille flavors that deepen steadily through the back half. Finishes extremely long and precise, with repeating mineral, floral and dark fruit characters and youthfully solid tannins. This bottling is up there with the best wines that I have ever had from this domaine, and I am familiar with their work going back to their 1983 vintage.

Josh Raynolds, December 2022
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd93-95+

The 2020 Côte Rôtie La Chavaroche brings another level of complexity, with a smorgasbord-like array of spring flowers, violets, iron, and both red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with plenty of structure, it's always a more floral, gamey, wild wine when compared to the Les Journaries. This brilliant, old school-styled Côte Rôtie is going to need 5-6 years of bottle age but will unquestionably deliver the wild ride that these wines always provide. Note, the Chavaroche goes by the name Peroline in Europe.

December 15, 2022

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