Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "…the 1998 Cote Rotie offers searing notes of pepper, tobacco leaf, flowers, olives and sweet black raspberry fruit. Still focused and tight on the palate, with vibrant acidity in its medium to full-bodied, classically styled personality, it has solid concentration, beautiful purity and a great finish...(JD)" 95 points John Gilman "...The deep, complex and perfumed bouquet wafts from the glass in a stunning blend of cassis, smoked meats, raw cocoa, beautiful, gently autumnal soil tones, pepper, black olive, discreet nuttiness and a bit of cigar ash in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, seamless and meaty, with a fine core of fruit, modest tannins, great focus and grip and a very, very long, soil-driven and complex finish. While this wine is now into its plateau of maturity, it is still developing and may well be even better with another eight to ten years’ worth of bottle age. It is utterly classic in profile and undeniable in its beauty. (JG)"
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.