Wine Notes: Comprised of vines from throughout the family’s holdings, Levet’s basic Côte-Rôtie is destemmed 50%, and spends two years in 600-liter barrels, less than 10% of which are new. The primary vineyard sources are Les Craies and Mollard in the Côte Blonde, with younger vines from Moulin and Fontgent in the Côte Brune. This 2018 is dense but balanced, with borderline polite tannins and a marked sense of dark flowers.
Vintage Notes: Agnès Levet describes her 2018s as driven by finesse despite their voluminous stature, contrasting them with the far more forbiddingly structured 2019s. She began harvesting on the 12th of September, and the wines proceeded through their malolactic fermentations swiftly, finishing at roughly the same time as the alcoholic fermentations, at alcohol levels between 13.5 and 14%.
Northern Rhone, France