Bernard Levet Cote-rotie Les Journaries 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Cote Rotie|
This wine, drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the famed Landonne Lieu-dit, is more subtle, more elegant and "quieter" if you will than the Chavaroche. At the same time, if is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of stem inclusion. 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.
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. Outside of the US, this bottling is called "Maestria." All whole clusters; raised in mostly neutral demi-muids.