The 2019 vintage is one of the best efforts to date for this Bernard Levet. Such a brilliant mix of fruit, spice, and minerals, the 2019 Améthyste is a fantastic bottle of Cote-Rotie. We are down to the last bottles of this incredible effort, and as far as Cote-Rotie goes, this is a great buy and a Cuvee our clients have enjoyed for years running for its fantastic price quality. We have low pricing here today so grab one before they are gone.
One of the best buys for Cote-Rotie a few years running, 2019 is another outstanding effort from this small Domaine. We have worked with the past few vintages, which have been spectacular, classic Northern Rhone examples. Levet has only has about 3.5 hectares of vines, which is extremely small but with holdings in some very revered vineyards throughout Cote-Rotie. Amethyste is one of Levet's gems, sourcing from some magnificent areas including Cote Blonde, Cote Brune, Mollard, Baleyat, and Chavaroche, made very traditionally with whole clusters and old wood. 2019 is another knock-out vintage for this small producer showing excellent fruit and minerality with depth and classic aromatics; it's a textbook example of Cote-Rotie Syrah and in the running for the best Levet has produced. We currently have the only available bottles in the USA and at very friendly pricing. This is a highly recommended bottle and has been one of the top sellers in the category the past few vintages; don't miss it!
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 92-94 points! "Energetic black raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by hints of black pepper, smoky bacon and succulent flowers. Juicy, appealingly sweet, spice-tinged red and dark flavors show fine delineation and turn livelier with air. A zesty mineral element adds lift and nervy cut to the long, floral-driven finish, which is framed by smooth, slowly building tannins. 70% whole clusters."
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points! "Leading off the bottled reds, the 2019 Côte Rôtie Amethyste would be a great introduction for readers trying to understand the style of this estate. A perfumed, gamey, sun-kissed nose of blue fruits, black peppery and candied violets give way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, and (by this estate’s standards) downright charming Côte Rôtie that already offers pleasure. It will keep for 10-15 years."
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 91-93 points! "Even this normally approachable cuvée is pretty darn tannic this vintage. Tasted just prior to bottling, Levet's 2019 Cote Rotie Amethyste features scents of crushed stone, asphalt, black olives and purple raspberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it finishes long, chewy and mouthwatering."