1997 Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie #166281552
Based on 120 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 91 points Vinous "Deep ruby. Explosive, superripe aromas of macerated black cherries, woodsmoke and ash, with distinct notes of port-like surmaturite: molasses, maple syrup, and roasted black fruits. Superconcentrated and extremely ripe, but with enough acidity to keep the confit of dark fruit flavors sappy and fresh... (ST)"
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About Domaine Jamet
Since 1976, Jean-Paul Jamet has farmed the steep, terraced schist and granite slopes above the village of Ampuis, the heart of the Côte Rôtie appellation. First starting out at Domaine Jamet alongside his father, and now with the help of his wife, Corinne, and eldest son, Loïc, Jean-Paul farms sustainably on the plateau of Le Vallin. Known for producing a staggering 19 single-vineyard Syrahs from some of the best parcels in the appellation, Jean-Paul is considered one of the great masters of the appellation.
The Jamets prefer a style of Côte Rôtie that allows the wine to speak for itself, with as little manipulation as possible. They start with whole-cluster fermentation, then vinify individual parcels separately. Where others flock to new oak, the Jamets shy away, preferring to use more neutral vessels like larger pieces and demi-muids for a more judicious expression of oak. Here, they age for up to two years in barrel before the Jamets bottle them unfined and unfiltered, resulting in incredibly silky, finessed and aromatic wines.