‘2017 was a dream harvest for the Jamet family in Côte-Rôtie, offering physically perfect bunches of Syrah,’ says Ryan Mostert of Terracura – the very first intern hired by the Jamet family in 4 decades…

2017 was a dream harvest for the Jamet family in Côte-Rôtie, offering physically perfect bunches of Syrah,’ says Ryan Mostert of Terracura – the very first intern hired by the Jamet family in 4 decades of winemaking. ‘The heat and drought provided concentration with freshness preserved by the late rain showers and cool weather,’ adds Ryan, whose own 94-point Terracura Swartland Syrah 2016 is remarkably old-world in style.

We agree, the 2017 Jamet Côtes du Rhône Syrah is the finest release since the towering 2010. From schist soils identical to Côte-Rôtie but from younger vines, the Côtes du Rhône in 2017 is perhaps the closest in style and quality. There is terrific tension, purity and depth, with beautiful aromatics, olive notes and incredible drinkability. 

After 40 vintages, Jean-Paul is slowly handing over custodianship of one of France’s great domaines to his son Loïc. Don’t expect big changes to the classically styled wines, however, as the cult Côte-Rôtie sells out on allocation. We have a handful of the late-release 1999 available. Please enquire with Jolette@winecellar.co.za.

Tasting notes:

Domaine Jamet, Côtes du Rhône 2017
Brilliant violet. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries and hints of licorice and olive on the lively nose. Subtly sweet blackberry and cherry flavors show very good energy and pick up a suave floral quality with aeration. Displays sharp delineation and strong, spicy lift on the persistent, gently tannic finish, which features lingering cherry pit and floral qualities. 2021 – 2027. – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 91/100

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