A knockout effort - 2011 Jamet Cote Rotie

Posted by Joe Salamone

"A knockout effort"
2011 Jamet Côte-Rôtie

I’m going to keep this very short. There’s not much of this wine, and recent Jamet offers have sold out in a flash.

Côte-Rôtie is known for being the most finessed, nimble and Burgundian appellation of the Northern Rhône.

There is currently no producer in the region that epitomizes Côte-Rôtie with as much classicism, with as much precision as Jamet.

For decades, Jamet has been the benchmark of classical Côte-Rôtie. The wines boast an ultra-fine texture, explosive aromatics of flowers, game and earth. All rendered with pinpoint detail and vivid clarity.

The Jamet brothers are blessed with owning some of Côte Rôtie's greatest sites. The Rhône expert, John Livingstone-Learmonth, sums it up nicely when he writes, "A lot of people would give their right arm to possess even a fraction of this family's vineyards."

The majority of their sites are in the schist soils of Côte Brune, but they also have vines in the granite soils of the Côte Blonde. The art of blending is the heart and soul of Jamet’s Côte-Rôtie. The result is one of the most multi-layered and finessed versions of Côte-Rôtie that you’ll encounter.

The 2011 is a brilliant example of Jamet Côte-Rôtie in all its glory. Stephen Tanzer’s Josh Raynolds called the 2011 "Lively, focused and pure." That gets to the heart of things, but it's impossible not to mention the wine's silkiness and elegant lifted florality. In short, it shows the level of breeding and beautiful complexity that Syrah can achieve.

As I mentioned earlier, Jamet always sells out quickly. Jamet's 2011 Côte-Rôtie is already developing a huge reputation. The Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck came out and called it "a knockout effort." Everyone we know who's tasted has been very, very impressed. It's poised to be a great example of Jamet Côte-Rôtie.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits