2011 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche


  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Côte-Rôtie
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • andreaskoeberl Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 22, 2018 - Somewhat muted nose of dark berries, violets, olives, and meat flavors. Good acidity with orange peel, dark fruit, and mushroom notes on the palate. Dusty tannins. Good finish. This was quite closed and kept getting better with air. Probably should wait 5+ years. This may score 2-3 points higher with age.

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  • Eric Guido Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 23, 2018 - The 2011 La Chavaroche continues to be a beast, in all the best possible ways, with a dark, earthy and purely animal bouquet as smoky minerals, stone dust, peppery spice and dark florals lifted from the glass. On the palate, I found silky, weighty textures, yet lifted by brisk acidity with spicy black fruit and minerals soaking the senses. The finish was long and fruit forward with a spicy herbal twang and lingering tannin. It’s a hard glass to put down.

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  • fine137 wrote:

    October 29, 2017 - A complete mess that resolved a bit after 24 hours. The nose was sickening, literally. Don't touch for 5 more years and hope something changes or this was an off bottle

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  • bevetroppo wrote:

    October 20, 2017 - I had a curious experience with this bottle. I was very much looking forward to it and had high hopes. It was quite dark out of the pour, completely opaque still at the center. The first sniff was off the charts, a rush of heady blackberry, minerals, smoked meat-it was nearly swoon-worthy.

    All that attractive fruit disappeared within no more than five minutes of air time, leaving an interesting but decidedly savory drinking experience, mostly like someone dunked a piece of grilled meat in coffee. I felt like it was bait and switch. There's a well described physiological phenomenon in which the senses can quickly become saturated by a specific scent, and then it's no longer accessible. I don't think that's what happened here because I put it aside and came back a few hours later and it was more of the same. It either just shut the f* down or was somehow hanging onto the last breath of youth, which vanished with first oxygen contact, like what Mike Tyson said about having a plan until it got hit in the face.

    It's my understanding that Levet uses whole clusters in this wine, and I wonder if I'm tasting underripe stems that will either integrate better with time or that simply told the fruit to take a hike. Or maybe this is precisely to be expected when the wine is young. To be honest, I don't know and if anyone else has a perspective on what I'm lamely trying to describe I'd love to hear it.

  • TashNYC wrote:

    October 11, 2017 - Bala had this at Cote Korean BBQ NYC and thought it was terrific. $270 for 1.5 L bottle.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bernard Levet
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation La Chavaroche
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Côte-Rôtie

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (5%)
  • In Cellars 212 (74%)
  • Consumed 62 (22%)

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