Domaine Bernard Levet “Maestria” Cote Rotie 2018


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100% Syrah, 60% from west part of La Landonne (1940s, before 1953, gets early sun), 40% Côte Brune (late 1980s, 1990), 30% destemmed, 3 week vinification in 50 hl concrete vats, cap is immersed, twice daily pumping overs, held at 29°C, aged either used 600-litre oak casks or large 30 hl barrels 24-26 months, egg white fined, unfiltered, first wine 2004, called Les Journaries in USA after the old name for La Landonne. 

"Dark robe; the nose is reserved, ripe black fruit as it core, black olives, a hint of licorice, beef stock, roasting. The palate is ripe, notes of cassis and blueberry, garners intensity, assertion, is all very rolled together. It’s unkempt wine with some potential. Firm walls of tannin enclose it, so be patient."

From 2026. Bottled Sept 2020. 2046-48 June 2021 John Livingstone-Learmonth Drink Rhone