2016 Jean-Luc Jamet Cote-Rotie 'Les Terrasses' Syrah
Northern Rhone, France
"The Côte-Rôtie “Les Terrasses is bold and structured, with a spectrum of red-to-dark berry fruit alongside an iron earthiness.
Jean-Luc Jamet is an undeniable icon and celebrated producer, crafting some of the most exquisite wines in Côte-Rôtie. Originally working with his brother Jean-Paul, at the family's famed Domaine Jamet estate, the pair parted ways in 2013. The vineyards, comprising of 16 prime hectares in Côte-Rôtie and Côte du Rhône, were divided equally.
What makes the Côte-Rôtie wines from Jean-Luc Jamet so special is his ability to blend more than ten different plots from the best, northern sites (considered the most qualitative) of Côte-Rôtie. These include Lancement, La Landonne, Bonnivières and Les Rochains. It is a mosaic of complex, rocky soils composed of different degrees of schist and granite which underpin the wine's stunning depth of character. These are the many shades that you'll find in this delicate and very complex wine.
The bouquet is bold and structured, with a spectrum of red-to-dark berry fruit alongside an iron earthiness. The palate delivers waves of dark berry fruit, savoury cured meat across the mid-palate, before bakers spice and menthol on the aftertaste. Enjoy with hearty dishes like red meat-driven lasagne and ragu. Drink now with a one-hour decant before serving or lay down till 2030. 100% Syrah." - Importer note
"This is Jean-Luc Jamet’s flagship wine, and the 2016 vintage is regarded as one of its finest examples. It already shows some maturity, which gives it complexity and serious depth of flavour. The nose has savoury notes of leather, game and black olive tapenade, while the palate is lifted by concentrated ripe blackberries and gentle spice. The mouth-feel is smooth and pleasing. And although the tannins are fine, this will shine next to some hearty, meaty fare – preferable something straight from the barbecue. Drink now to 2027." - Victoria Bull, Buying Assistant, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Apr 2022)