The Jamet family has long been the benchmark for traditional Côte-Rôtie.
The heights that their Côte-Rôties reach have few peers in the entire Northern Rhône.
Naturally, it was huge news in 2013 when brothers Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul announced that they would be splitting up the family's domaine.
For many years, Jean-Paul was the face of the domaine and Jean-Luc was always in the vineyards. In 2013, Jean-Luc stepped out of the shadows.
The heart and soul of Jamet's success over the years is their formidable holdings. The Jamet brothers are blessed with owning some of Côte Rôtie's greatest sites. The breakdown of vineyards for Jean-Luc Jamet's Terrasses is impressive. To name only a few, there's La Landonne, Chavaroche and Lancement.
We've always associated the wines of the family domaine with a certain brightness of fruit and Burgundian flare. Jean-Luc Jamet's Côte Rôtie Terrasses introduces a darker, meatier and more savory profile.
The 2013 vintage in the Northern Rhône produced mineral, structured wines with a vibrant core of acidity. The 2013 Terrasses has an emphatic streak of jet-black stony and smoky minerality. There's finesse and energy that's lovely. In 2014, Terrasses is deeper and more layered. It works on a bigger scale than the 2013, but it also has a very nice lifting acidity.
This is a very strong start from Jean-Luc Jamet. These are exciting wines that are already among the top wines of Côte-Rôtie. With the pricing for the wines of Jean-Paul Jamet having increased greatly over the past handful of years or more, Jean-Luc Jamet's wines offer really serious value. It's doubtful that this pricing will last for much longer.
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