Bernard Levet, Côte-Rôtie, Les Journaries
Bernard Levet, Côte-Rôtie, Les Journaries

Bernard Levet, Côte-Rôtie, Les Journaries

Northern Rhône Valley, France 2020 (750mL)
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Bernard Levet, Côte-Rôtie, Les Journaries

Bernard Levet farms 3.5 hectares of vines above the village of Ampuis. He owns vines in some of the most prestigious real estate in the Côte-Rôtie appellation, including the famed parcels “Moulin” and “Landonne.” These properties have been in the family since the 1930s and are still farmed in exactly the same manner: no tractors, no chemicals—everything is done by hand. Following harvest, fruit is left in whole clusters for fermentation in large tanks. The process of macerating grapes and carrying the juice through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation is always slow, and rarely completed until the new year. Levet’s wine is aged in medium-sized demi-muid barrels for three years before bottling and further aging until release—the entire process generally takes four years. This gradual, delicate approach in the cellar produces nuanced and aromatically complex wines with enormous potential for cellar aging. I’ve enjoyed numerous bottles of Levet Côte-Rôtie from decades past, but never once has a bottle struck me as tired or over-the-hill. These wines are delicious in their youth but they absolutely roar with some additional time in the cellar!

In 2020, Bernard Levet’s “Les Journaries” brings all the dark cherry fruit and exotic turkish coffee/olive/garrigue aromatics that sommeliers and collectors have grown to love. This is an inimitable and instantly recognizable wine for anyone with broad experience tasting Northern Rhône reds; there’s nothing else like it. This is an objectively delicious wine that is priced far below its peers, so don’t feel any need to skimp on it just because it’s rare and says “Côte-Rôtie” on the label. 

Bernard Levet, Côte-Rôtie, Les Journaries




Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France


Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France


Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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