Tradition is at the heart of Domaine Jamet’s winemaking, with an enviable collection of the best vineyards throughout the Cote-Rotie. Joining his father at just the tender age of 16, Jean-Paul Jamet’s 40+ years of growing vines in this region has bestowed upon him a deep profound knowledge in unlocking the greatest expression of Syrah. By sticking firmly to the path laid out by his family and their many generations of experience, resisting the temptation to modernize with his neighboring vignerons, Jamet is rewarded with what many consider to be the purest and most authentic style of Cote-Rotie in the region.
The Lieux Dit of Cote Brune is their most prized possession, with their brown schist soils contributing to the deep, black-fruited Syrah character, and providing it with great tannic structure, but the altitude helps to balance the wines at the same time. Overall, elegance should be the take-home word from this tasting as we taste through an incredible line-up from 1988-2015.
Fully mature yet still retaining incredible structure. This seductive 1988 is brimming with power, concentration and very precise balance. Sweet spices, blackfruits and pepper lace the palate, bringing volutously sweet ripe fruit and earthy aromas. The developed notes adds a brilliant layer of complexity, with classic leather, wet leaf and forest floor adding to the seamless long finish.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie Cote Brune 1992
Not a great vintage with wet rainy weather generally leading to soft, light bodied wines. Despite this, Jamet has really outdone themselves to challenge the odds with a wine that still shows the classic nuances in a great Cote-Rotie - leather, sweet spices, plummy red fruits, and strawberry compot.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie Cote Brune 1999
One of the best vintages for Cote-Rotie in that decade, matched only by 1990 in quality rating. After almost 3 hours decanting, the 1999 was still incredibly tight, earthy, restrained and holding back a lot of gentle power. Tannins felt ever so slightly green, but behind that are the hallmarks of a great wine, displaying sweet concentrated blackberries, cassis and pepper notes. The tannins are powerful, incredibly stuctured and displaying some leathery aromas, along with signs of development, such as bacon, game amd smokiness. Long, rich, and long-lasting finish.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie Cote Brune 2000
A tough vintage, hammered with rain, dampness and rot which tested many growers even at the very top. A slight change from the robust and concentrated styles tasted so far. You can definitely feel the lightness of this vintage, and there is much more generous acidity to be found. A fair amount of body, with a nuanced elegance showing creamy floral and slightly peachy characters leaving one almost convinced Viognier blended despite it being 100% Syrah. Surprising amount of structure without much greenness to be found. A very pleasant wine, and a great save by talented winemaking.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie Cote Brune 2003
2003 will always be remembered by everyone as one of the hottest vintages experienced by winemakers across much of Europe that decade. Scores of heatwaves in vineyards all over led to some jammy styles that often lacked acidity. As always, the vintage characteristics will always reflect onto the wine and ultimately it rests with the winemakers and their decisions on effective canopy management to shield against the heat and harvest times to prevent overripeness in wines. Jamet were clearly one of those who knew what they were doing and though this is not a wine that you would likely lay down for 20 years, it certainly has aged gracefully showing the slight warmth and ripeness quite quickly. The palate is full bodied, rich and very ripe, with plenty of sweet spices and pepper aromas. The acidity is relatively good, more towards the medium+ spectrum, with ripe red fruits, raspberries, and a hint of jamminess. This is definitely a bottle to open and enjoy right away.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie Cote Brune 2014
This is the vintage following the split of the domaine between brothers Jean-Paul and Jean-Luc Jamet. Elder brother Jean-Paul kept the majority of the holdings in the Cote Brune, as well as keeping the original name of Domaine Jamet, whilst younger brother Jean-Luc decided to keep more holdings within the Cote Blonde.
2014 was another tough year for the northern Rhone, with a lot of inconsistent quality. Decanted 3 hours, there was a lot of creamy blackberry and raspberry fruit aromas. There was some floral and peachy notes again that made it feel like Viognier was added to the blend, but of course Syrah is still the only varietal used in their Cote Roties. Full-bodied, spicy, and rich, with some bacon and gamey notes, and plenty of elegant acidity. Somewhat approachable due to the fine ripe tannins, but still a wine to put away for another 5-10 years.
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie 2015
The standard Cote Rotie is a blend between 20 parcels, of which 15 are different locations including some grapes from the Cote Blonde and Landonne plots. A more accessible style of Cote Rotie showing more creamy silky characters, with a lot more upfront primary fruit. Cassis, black currants, hawthorn and brambly notes fill the nose, whilst the silky ripe tannins provide a very elegant and seamless finish. Elegant acidity and an incredibly long finish, what a great way to finish a tasting.