Jean-Luc Jamet

Jean-Luc Jamet

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. He now applies his craft in making wines of extreme delicacy to his own exacting taste and standards.

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 suitable land composed of schist and granite.

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Road among the hillside at Domaine Jean-Luc Jamet, river in the background dividing up the vineyards

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 uses less whole bunch (only 30 to 35%) in order to champion the floral elements of the wines. As a result, you can expect more vitality than the sometimes austere style of the original Domaine. What makes the Côte-Rôtie wines from Jean-Luc Jamet so special is the blend of more than ten different plots of vineyards located in the Northern part of Côte-Rôtie, high above the town of Ampuis. It is a melange of diversely composed, rocky soils of schist, granite and sand. These are the many shades that you’ll find in this delicate and very complex wine.

Today, Jean-Luc Jamet owns the following vineyards. About Five Hectares of Côte-Rôtie composed mainly of:

- Lancement (planted in 1980 and 1995) – 0.75ha

- Bonnivières – 0.62ha

- Grand Chavaroche – 0.5ha planted in early 1980s and 0.3 ha in early 2010s

- Mornachon – 0.87ha planted in 1985

- Les Rochins – 0.31ha

- Côte Baudin – 0.22ha

- La Landonne – 0.17ha

- Les Moutonnes – 0.14ha planted in 1945 and 0.3ha early 1980s

- Fongeant – 0.32ha

- Tartaras – 0.13ha

- Petit Chavaroche – 0.23ha

Four hectares of Côte du Rhône or IGP:

- Côte du Rhône rouge “L’Enclave” – 1ha at Champrond and Bonnivières

- Côte du Rhône blanc “Couzou” – 1.09ha at Champrond and Bonnivières

- IGP Syrah – 1.48ha on schist soils at Le Vallin. Planted in late 1980s, 2009, 2013

- IGP Pinot Noir – 0.33ha on shist soils at Le Vallin

Clos Cachet is honoured to be the exclusive importer of Jean-Luc Jamet’s wines to Australia.

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