Domaine Jamet

Jamet 2018

'A remake of 1999?' – Jeb Dunnuck

Northern Rhône heavyweight and quintessential classicist, Jean-Paul Jamet, is revered by those who love Côte-Rôtie of incredible nuance and balance. Even in warmer vintages, Jamet's Côte-Rôtie hits a level of gracefulness and agility that's reminiscent of Burgundy.

Of the 2018 Jamet Côte-Rôtie Jeb Dunnuck asks if 'this a remake of 1999?' – which is one of the best vintages I've tasted from this family. And we have a few in magnum! Not to be missed are the Jamet Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 2019 and the rare Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2019 – wines for earlier drinking pleasure but immense ageing ability. They deliver superb value for their quality and pedigree. The Jamet Condrieu Vernillon 2019 is made from Viognier grapes and now 100% aged in terracotta which adds to the salinity and minerality in the wine according to Loïc Jamet. It is spicy, rich and complex. In a word, remarkable.

As part of our three-part Northern Rhône Privé series, including the wines from Auguste Clape, Jean-Paul Jamet and Alain Graillot, we ask to please send us your request by next Wednesday, the 26th of January.

Domaine Jamet 2018 wines

Jean-Paul calls 2018 'a rich year' and describes it as 'magnificent'. 2018 mostly mirrored the warm, dry conditions of 2017, but vignerons were optimistic as they received welcome rains after the drought of 2017. There were a few incidents of mildew, which were easily managed. 2018 gave wines of power and precision – with the grunt of 2017 and energy of 2016.

Jamet says that warm vintages aren't a threat to Côte-Rôtie; illustrated when he poured two older wines from hot vintages for Wine Advocate's Joe Czerwinski. 'Both the 2009 and 1989 Côte Rôties were singing. The '89 he compared to the '18, calling it, 'fumé, lardé, épicé*'.' He concluded: 'I'm confident in hot vintages, because with time, the terroir emerges.'

2019 marks the fifth great consecutive vintage for the Northern Rhône. As with the previous few years, conditions were hot and dry. Some hail and frost were experienced, with negligible amounts of mildew. In his vintage report, Josh Raynolds from Vinous wrote, 'the wines look extremely promising and show an uncanny blend of depth and vivacity.'

* Smoky, meaty, spicy

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