Untamed Côte Rôtie: 2017 Levet Côte Rôtie La Chavaroche

Posted by Joe Salamone

Levet's Chavaroche is one of the most unyieldingly traditional and fascinating wines currently being made in the northern Rhône.

Neal Rosenthal, Levet's importer, aptly sums up the wines: "If you want the truest of Côte-Rôties...if you admire both the intellectual and the savage, then this is a must-buy wine."

Chavaroche is a brutally rocky and steeply terraced southwest-facing vineyard. Levet is meticulous in the vineyard, but the grapes simply do their thing in the cellar – vinification is thoughtful, but there’s no artifice at work.

What results is an unapologetically honest expression of Côte-Rôtie. Chavaroche offers up a complicated and rugged presentation of animal, mineral, violets, olives, and dark fruit.

The 2017 Chavaroche is a riper vintage for the wine. Given Levet's steadfastly old-fashioned winemaking, having an extra dimension of fruit really complements the wine's formidable structure.

Chavaroche is notorious for demanding time in the cellar. Even more fruit-driven vintages, like 2017, need decades to begin showing their best. With age, Levet's wines become even more nuanced, captivating, and refined. We strongly suggest that you take advantage of the 4-pack pricing to track this bottle. Chavaroche remains one of the smartest buys for your cellar, especially when it comes to steadfastly traditional northern Rhône wine.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2017 Levet Côte Rôtie La Chavaroche

Special Bottle Price: $79.95
Compare at $89

Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media: "Opaque ruby. Displays slow-to-open black/blue fruit, licorice, floral oil and smoked meat aromas, along with building cracked pepper and licorice qualities. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated cassis, bitter cherry, violet pastille and smoky bacon flavors that turn spicier on the back half. Solid, gripping tannins support a very long, penetrating finish that emphatically echoes the floral, blue fruit notes."

Special 4-Pack Price: $307.80 ($76.95/btl)

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