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Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche 2013

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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.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Brand Bernard Levet
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Wine AdvocateWhile no 2012 was presented, I was blown away by Levet's 2013 Côte Rôtie La Chavarouche Cuvee Speciale (released as La Peroline in France). Gorgeous on all accounts, with a deep, mineral-laced slant to its black raspberry fruit, cracked pepper, and violet/floral nuances, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, bright acidity and impressive density. It shows more and more tannin with time in the glass, so short-term cellaring is advised here. It should have 15+ years of overall longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, December 29, 2014