Domaine Jamet, Condrieu Vernillon 750ml 2016

France, Rhône
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Founded in 1950, Domaine Jamet started with just 4 hectares of vines back when Côte-Rôtie was not known for bottled wine. The family have since expanded their vineyards and now own the largest portion of this preciously small appellation. Their vineyards are planted almost entirely with Syrah vines; at the average age of 50 years old. While there are a number of small cuvées in the cellar, their focus is on the Côte-Rôtie. Often quoted as the purest expression of Syrah on earth, the Jamet-style has not changed in 5 decades. It fell out of favour in the 1990s and 2000s when Parker promoted a riper, more oak-driven style. Today, it is one of the Rhône’s most sought-after wines. If the highly-sought after Côte-Rôtie is unavailable, look out for the Côtes du Rhône from just outside the appellation which is very much a softer Côte-Rôtie.

‘Aside from Guigal, I know of no other producer with such extensive experience with so many of Côte-Rôtie's various lieux-dits. Tasting at Jamet hilltop cellar is always a study in geology and microclimate more than anything else, as the winemaking is resolutely traditional. All of the Côte-Rôtie parcels are vinified as whole bunches, and there's still only a small proportion of new wood in the cellars, so it's possible to really taste nuances in the various barrels. Jean-Paul Jamet is always gracious with his time and wine, making it a true pleasure to visit.’ – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

Tasting notes:
'(raised in a 50/50 combination of stainless steel tanks and used 300-liter oak barrels) Green-hued straw-yellow. Penetrating citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by suggestions of chalky minerals and violet. Juicy and concentrated but lively in style, offering vibrant pear and Meyer lemon flavors that show strong mineral drive and sharp focus. The mineral note carries emphatically through the incisive finish, which lingers with strong persistence.' – Josh Raynolds,, 93/100

'In only its second vintage, the 2016 Condrieu Vernillon has seemingly hit its stride. Aged half in barrels and half in stainless steel, it's not that floral but instead is richly textured, loaded with ripe apricot flavors. It has a plump, succulent feel to it, then finishes with lingering hints of spice and honey. Delicious now, it should drink well for a few years.' – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 92/100

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Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country France
Rating Vinous 93
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R1,150.00
Producer Domaine Jamet
Region Rhône
Variety Viognier
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