August 10, 2019 - PNP at a restaurant, served a bit too warm. Classic Levet nose of smoke, gravel, olives, mint, and black fruit. Dense with fine tannins on the palate, full of savory dark fruit and crushed rocks, but not at all thick or heavy. Perhaps a little disjointed from the serving temperature. Needs plenty of time for sure, but all the materials are here for a great Chavaroche in 10-15 years.
May 6, 2019 - Such a beautiful nose with notes of dark berries, charcoal, smoked meats and violet spice. As big and full a Chavaroche as I can remember with a velvety thick texture and flavors of black fruits, graphite and black pepper. The finish is completely shut down with mouth-coating tannins and a wonderful mineral cut. A complete and balanced wine that just needs time to show its glories. I find this bottling in good vintages needs 10 years to become drinkable and 15+ to really show itself. Potentially the best Chavaroche ever. 93+
February 10, 2019 - Juicy, fresh, ripe, peppery, herb tinged fruit comes with a blast of ripe, rustic, olive tinted, red berries on the palate. The wine is fresh, with a peppery bite, while also showing purity of fruit and freshness in the mouth. Still, this is not a user friendly wine at this stage, you will need to give it several years of rest before you pull a cork.
October 28, 2018 - Very young and tannic. Deep purple. After 2 hours in decanter still tannic but drinkable with meat. Structured with a lot of potential but impenetrable.
October 27, 2018 - 2015 Northern Rhones Blind: Single blind. Randomly placed in the line-up right after the Jamet. Clearly cousins with the Jamet and distinguished in the heavy dose of meat, bacon and sausage notes that you get here. Gorgeous meaty, musky black fruit nose. Palate is smooth and approachable, but still sturdy and structured. This is terrific and another good QPR in the Northern Rhone.
October 27, 2018 - Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind (Chicago, IL): Served single blind. You know, I've never been the biggest fan of Levet because I don't tend to enjoy too many gamy notes in my wines (not a fan of lamb, goat, or other gamy meats), and throughout the entire evening, I was looking for that one wooly wine that should have stuck out in that way. This never did. It's a coiled powerhouse of a wine, with tons of burly tannins and a really rustic quality, with incredibly delicious black fruit. Given that sort of character, I thought that this was the Clape.
June 6, 2018 - (at Le Coucou - NYC) Backwards, tannic and rustic (without being overly so). There is lovely blackberry fruit at the heart of this wine. There is a smokey element as well. Great potential. Classic, real wine. I’m a fan. (92+)
May 25, 2018 - Ripping tannin, deep blackberry fruit, and some metal shavings, firmly on the fruit and mineral (and of course structure) side of things without any of the animal or vegetable funk. There is a lot packed in here but it's curled up tightly in a shell. Best let sleep.
April 25, 2018 - Pretty tannic and closed when it first popped, but then about 2 hours in you see the classic Levet wild streak coming through. Some savage and earth muddle fruit pierces out of the glass. That same streak runs through the palate, the vintage helps so much adding brightness and fruit to the middle that carry on with the spice and funk on the back end. The least funky and stern of the recent levets, but in a good way.
April 23, 2018 - Mostly Northern Rhone Dinner with Sir Charles (Sole Ristorante Italianom, San Mateo): And another Charlie blind wine. I knew there would probably be a 15 Levet in here, but this isn't showing the rustic, animal, scrub brush that would normally be the signature tip off. There is dark, juicy fruit lurking here, but it is so grippingly tannic from start to finish that it's hard to judge. Very, very tannic. So much so that I wonder if this is one of those wines that will ever shed its structure and let the fruit shine through.