As the late Josh Raynolds wrote when first reviewing these 2020s, “Without question, the hottest ticket in Côte-Rôtie over the last few years has been Domaine Jean-Paul, Corinne & Loïc Jamet‘s wines” and we are delighted to have a small amount of the 2020s to offer today.
Raynolds notes that, “Corinne and Jean-Paul Jamet‘s son, Loïc, is steadily assuming a more important day-to-day role here, both in the vines and cellar. Burgundy-educated Loïc Jamet will soon find his own voice with the wines. In the meantime, nothing has changed in the style of the wines, which in 2018, 2019 and 2020 are among the best bottlings in the region.”
The wines of Jamet are amongst the finest year in year out, thanks to the knowledge and legacy that has been passed down through generation. Highly sought after, these wines are always low in production and tough to lay your hands on.
The Cote Rotie is 100% Syrah produced from 20 different parcels, blended and matured for 22 months. A huge 97 points from Josh Raynolds on this one, while the Cote Brune is sourced only from this iconic site and scores a potentially perfedct 100 points with The Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski.
We are very pleased to offer:
2020 Cote Rotie, Domaine Jamet
GBP 750 per case (6*75cl OC) in bond
97 points Josh Raynolds
Opaque ruby. Vibrant blackberry, cherry, incense, Moroccan spice, potpourri and smoky mineral qualities on the expansive, seductively perfumed nose. Offers vibrant black and blue fruit, spicecake, olive and floral pastille flavors that show bright detail and energetic mineral lift. The floral and spice notes recur strongly on the youthfully gripping finish, which features mounting tannins and lingering smokiness. Drink 2030-2040.
93-95 points Joe Czerwinski
I have scribbles on seven different components of the 2020 Cote Rotie in my notebook, and that is just a fraction of what lies resting in the deep Jamet cellar. To generalize and predict what wizardry Jean-Paul Jamet will conjure out of bottle is a bit of a fool’s errand, but overall, I found the 2020 samples to show ripe, dark-fruit flavors balanced by graceful aromatics. Generally, the wines are medium to full-bodied, with supple, silky tannins and good freshness.
2020 Cote Rotie Cote Brune, Domaine Jamet
GBP 2,450 per case (6*75cl OC) in bond – 4 cases available
98-100 points Joe Czerwinski
Among all the 2020 barrels, the 2020 Cote Rotie Cote Brune stood considerably above all the others (although the Cote Blonde wasn’t that far behind). Blessed with incredibly floral, potpourri-like aromatics set against a backdrop of vibrant black raspberry fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied and magically rich and intense without being weighty. Enormously long on the finish, it seamlessly combines all the elements of greatness—balance, length, intensity and complexity—into one superlative wine that should drink well for at least two decades. Drink 2025-2045.
98 points Josh Raynolds
Opaque violet color. Expansive, mineral-tinged aromas of vibrant red and blue fruits, incense, bacon, olive and pungent flowers are accented by an exotic Moroccan spice nuance. At once deeply concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering intense boysenberry, black raspberry, olive paste, smoked meat, five-spice powder and violet flavors that are underscored by a core of minerality. Firmly gripping tannins build steadily through a floral- and mineral-driven finish that hangs on with resonating spiciness and outstanding tenacity. Drink 2032-2044.