Jean-Luc Jamet Pack - Can It Get Any Better?
In the words of famous and long-standing Rhône Valley critic John Livingstone-Learmonth: “Côte Rôtie is the bridge between Burgundy and the Rhône”; the finesse and elegance of the North, coupled with the power and opulence of the South. Jean-Luc Jamet is considered a benchmark of this particular geographic expression among “classicists”. Forget the big, extracted and oaky Côte-Rôties, you’re in finesse territory here.
Jean-Luc Jamet is one of the most iconic producers of Côte-Rôtie and Côte du Rhône. His journey began in 1991, working alongside his brother Jean-Paul at the famed family estate “Domaine Jamet”. The magnificent Domaine occupied some of the the best parts of Côte-Rôtie and Côte du Rhône – but in 2013, the brothers parted ways and split the 16 hectare estate into equal halves. With a brand-new winery (literally separated by one wall to his brother’s) and the same marvellous vineyards at hand, Jean-Luc – the ‘phoenix’ of Côte Rôtie – started a new adventure.
Jean-Luc has always sought to plant and grow vineyards in the best parts of Côte-Rôtie, both on Côte Blonde and – more commonly – on Côte Brune. His preferred and famous areas such as “Lancement”, “Chavaroche”, “La Landonne”, “Les Moutonnes”, “Les Rochins” are recognized as complex, Syrah-suited soils composed of schist and granite.
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - CÔTE DU RHÔNE BLANC "COUZOU" 2016 - $58
The Couzou cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within the Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune. The “Couzou” vineyard was planted early-mid 1980s on 1 hectare with quite deep soils on Bonnivières & Champrond in Côte-Rôtie. This wine has a beautiful shiny yellow colour to it; the bouquet opens nicely with pear and apricot with a thread of infused tea, clarity, dried fruits. There is a comfortable grasp on the attack of the palate displaying white fruits, saline moments appear towards the finish, as well as a touch of honey. The Viognier displays great character and leaves a good plumpness and textured structure with nice length. It can be paired with prawns, roast chicken, grilled barramundi. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2024+.60% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - PINOT NOIR "SCHISTES" 2017 - $58
The Schiste vineyard is ideally located above Ampuis, on shisteous soils from vines around 10 years old. The fruit is manually harvested, 100% destemmed, fermented under natural yeast in stainless steel for 15 days then aged “sur lie” (under fine leas) for 7 months 50% oak barrels (10% new), 50% steel tank. The wine is then blended with no filtering. This Pinot “Schiste” is powerful and profound, the nose is stewed raspberry and cherries with smoky barbeque meat rub spice and bacon. The palate explodes in the mouth with crunchy red berries and earthy spice driven tannin. It can be enjoyed with game dishes like duck and quail, kangaroo, smoked meats, charred eggplant. Drink now. 100% Pinot Noir.
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - CÔTE DU RHÔNE ROUGE "L'ENCLAVE" 2018 - $69
The "Enclave" cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune. The colour is deep red and purple. The nose is very present, floating aromas of violets, soaked black cherries, flint, smoke and a lovely savouriness all throughout. The palate is tender though driven and structure with plenty of voluptuous fruits. The final is clean and refreshing. It can be paired with charcuterie, pork roast or simply with the barbecue. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2028+. 100% Syrah.