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Jean-Luc Jamet Terrasses Côte-Rôtie 2016

| red | elegant & fine |

Specifications

Grapes
100% syrah
Alcohol %
12.5%
Yield
40 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2028-2030
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2014
Video
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Product code
1030501
72.25
Tasting notes

The nose shows raspberry, floral and slightly smoky tones. The taste is intens and energetic, driven by raspberry and black cherry fruit.  The middle offers a richer structure, dominated by dark fruit  (blueberry), minerals, some peper and leather (already present in this early stage). Astonishing balance and elegance, definitely a fine wine, but good concentration. Remarkable easy  drinking at young age due to the very soft tannines. A ‘old school’ Côte-Rôtie, with great aging potential. One can decide to drink this wine the coming 2 years to enjoy the primary fruit or to cellar her for at least 10 years for ‘the complete experience’. [January 2019]

“Definitely a style break”, according to Jean-Luc. My wines are more aromatic, with soft tannines, more open and accessible at younger age. The closeness of the former wines is a handicap. The current style suits the wine audience of today better.”

Wine producer
The Northern Rhône has a handful of producers who are a must-have for us as specialized Rhône importer. Jamet is such name and their Côte-Rôtie is in my view one of the best of the appellation. Until recently this domain seemed inaccessible, but with the brothers Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul Jamet breaking up in 2013, a wonderful opportunity has arisen.The family domain was started by Joseph Jamet in 1950 with only 0.35 ha of vineyard. Like many others, the harvest was initially sold to the négociants. Their first botteling took place in 1976. Late 80's the domain was taken over by the sons: they expanded and established an international reputation. There was a clear dividing in tasks: Jean-Luc worked the vineyards, while Jean-Paul was responsible for the wine making and commerce. Although Jean-Luc remained therefore somewhat in the shadow, his contribution to the international fame of this domain is evident. John Livingstone, Rhone expert wrote the following about this: "Given that Jean-Luc was almost entirely the vineyard man under the old, united family domain, I have been agreeably impressed by the wines, which have got going since their debut."With half of the vineyards, but without a cellar or the right to the domain name, Jean-Luc had to re-position himself. To finance the construction of a new cellar, he was forced to sell a substantial (but declining) part of the 2013-2015 harvest to the négociants. His first Côte-Rôtie 2013 was not entirely to his satisfactory, among other things due to the use of 100% new barrels. After three harvests, while finding his way in the cellar, with the harvest of 2016 he considered himself ready for international expansion. This was the moment we join-in, but not before we had completed a five-hour tasting session and a visit to the vineyards to.Of a total of 8 ha, 4 ha Côte-Rôtie are classified. The 10 different plots on major slopes such as Lancement, La Landonne, Fongeant, Côte Bodin and Les Moutonnes, are schist-dominated and are all processed into one cuvée "Les Terasses". He also has 2 hectares of Côte du Rhône (red and white) and IGP-classified plots (Valine) on the plateau around his house and cellar. The ripeness of the fruit determines the harvest time and Jean-Luc is (together with his brother) one of the last in the region. The plots are partly vinified together and gradually "cross over" assembled and mounted. In addition to the use of a maximum of 20% new barrels (demi-muids and pièces) and 20 to 22 months of barrel aging, to gain complexity, Jean-Luc chooses to ferment 1/3 part in whole clusters.The wines have a floral and mineral character in their youth and excel (as with the other Jamet) in elegance and complexity. In fact, the whole approach is not substantially different than before and the same goes for the wines. With the break of the brothers, the world now has two top Côte-Rôtie domains, with nuance differences, but both of unprecedented finesse and sublimity. So yes, we have Jamet too!
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston / drinkrhone.com: “1) (Lancement, Chavaroche, 1 year 500-litre cask) ****(*) full red. Indian ink, blood, oak varnish show in a bouquet with a sturdy nature, compressed and compact it is. The palate holds dark red fruits in a clean, connected line-up, oaking present. This has a suave texture and fat that keeps moving, good generosity. Iron filing feature on a cool close, interest there. There are lots of prompts on the go. 2) (Mornachon, Bonnivière with a bit of Tartaras, used 300-litre cask) ****(*) very dark red. The nose has meat, lamb stock airs, cassis and mulberry coulis or liqueur. It will be stylish in time, served in a large glass. The palate connects very well; there’s real good heart to this, real depth; I like its honest foundation. There are droplets of blood, is very sustained, full of drive. It captures the imagination. 3) (a blend of La Landonne, Côte Baudin, Les Rochains, Bonnivière, Fongeant, Moutonnes, used 300-litre cask) ****(*) very full robe. The nose has a mineral-lead air, pine woods, large red berry fruit. The palate delivers waves of dark berry fruit with ample, willing gras, is a stylish do; tannins assert, and are dense at the end. There is menthol on the aftertaste, with oak, obviously.  It has good vibe and freshness all through, and savoury, enjoyable moments, is tasty and genuine. [Maart 2018]

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****(*)