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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.

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.

Jean-Luc Jamet Wines


 

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