2016 marked Jean-Paul Jamet’s 40th vintage at the family domaine above Ampuis in Côte-Rôtie. Jean-Paul was instrumental in moving the northern Rhône from subsistence farming towards being one of the greatest wine regions in the world. As one of the first to bottle their own wines and focus on quality, Jamet has remained staunchly traditional in a changing era of ripe, heavily oaked wines. Loïc Jamet, the next generation, is taking over the winemaking duties but don’t expect much difference – tradition runs deep. The Jamet’s produce long-ageing, whole-bunch Syrahs which remain profound and authentic renditions of the Côte-Rôtie, or ‘roasted slopes’.
Today, we offer the incredibly good value Jamet Côtes du Rhône 2016 – an assemblage from parcels located on the upper slopes of the Ampuis commune. 100% Syrah, it’s elegant, perfumed, visceral and delicious! There are only 10 cases available. The Jamet Côte-Rôtie sells out on release so please ask to be on the distribution list.
For those who love classically styled northern Rhônes, we also suggest you consider Domaine Verzier. The new generation winemaker, Maxime Verzier, is a good friend of Loïc’s and his wines have an uncanny stylistic similarity. The Saint-Josephs are very Côte-Rôtie-like, perfumed and spicy, and offer fine value.
Domaine Jamet, Côtes du Rhône 2016
Bright purple. Textbook Syrah aromas of dark berries, olive, cracked pepper and smoky bacon carry a subtle floral topnote. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and cherry flavours and a touch of candied violet. Finishes on a spicy floral note; smooth tannins shape the clinging finish. – Vinous, 91/100
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône comes from Syrah vines grown just outside Côte-Rôtie and spends up to a year in older oak prior to bottling. It’s slightly more concentrated than the straight Syrah IGP (which comes from young vines), offering medium body, a plump, succulent mouthfeel and notes of cherries, violets and tapenade. It should drink well for 4-5 years. – Wine Advocate, 90/100