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Jeb Dunnuck Score: 94
JEB DUNNUCK 94 POINTS - " Both of these 2017s were purchased at retail in the US. Starting with the 2017 Côte Rôtie Les Journaries, this cuvée comes from the La Landonne lieu-dit. It's not destemmed and was brought up in used oak. A gorgeous perfume of red and blue fruits, spring flowers, smoked game, wild herbs, and pepper all give way to medium to full-bodied, exotic, pure, old school beauty that just sings of Syrah. It has an elegant, seamless style that's already hard to resist, yet it builds on the palate, has bright acidity, and ample tannins, all promising a long life. Give bottles 2-4 years in a cold cellar and enjoy over the following 15-20 years."

WINERY NOTES - Since the 2004 vintage, we have expanded our work with the Levet family to include a second bottling of Cote Rotie known as “Les Journaries”, a cuvée drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the “La Landonne” lieu-dit. This wine is more subtle, more elegant and “quieter” if you will than the “Chavaroche”. At the same time, it is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of the inclusion of stems (a hallmark of the Levet tradition). The “Journaries” is approachable at an earlier stage than its companion “La Chavaroche” but, that being said, it is a wine that not only ages gracefully but almost requires a touch of patience. We now import approximately 1500 bottles plus magnums of this cuvée each vintage.
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