2015 Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96+
Vinous Media: 97
Jeb Dunnuck: 95-97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Significantly more closed and muscular than it appeared from barrel, the 2015 Cote Rotie is a long-term proposition. It's not showing a lot of charm or elegance at this juncture, but it's massively rich and ripe, with plenty of weight on the palate, chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Like I wrote last year, it might start to drink well at age 10, although it might need even longer.

There are few visits I look forward to more than tasting with Jean-Paul Jamet at his cellars above Côte Rôtie. Even though he and Jean Luc split the family domaine several years ago, he still has 25 parcels in 19 lieux-dits, making barrel tasting here particularly educational. There's very little new oak in the cellar, and a high proportion of whole clusters for the Côte Rôtie (95% is the figure Jamet likes to cite). Bottling doesn't occur until after the harvest, so the 2016s were still in barrel at the time of my visit. Jamet said it's a vintage of "less sun, but well balanced and elegant, if less rich." It's certainly more approachable than the blockbuster 2015s, which are reviewed out of bottle. The 2017s, according to Jamet, will be a good compromise between the precociousness of the 2016s and the hardness of the 2015s. Of the 2015, said Jamet, "It's a year that needs a lot of time." For folks looking for lower prices and more immediate gratification, don't overlook Jamet's IGP Collines Rhodanienne and Côte du Rhône offerings, which offer a taste of Côte Rôtie without the same outlay of time or money." (WA)

"Lurid violet color. Assertive blackberry, licorice pastille, smoky bacon and potpourri scents are complemented by a strong mineral overlay. Seamless and broad in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit liqueur, cola and floral pastille flavors and a strong jolt of exotic spices. Finishes with repeating mineral, smoke and dark fruit character, with noticeable but well-knit tannins and superb tenacity." (VM)

"The 2015 Côte Rôtie was scheduled to be bottled not long after my visit. This is an undeniably great vintage at this address, even if Jean-Paul prefers his 2016s, calling 2015 “too much.” It’s worth pointing out that he thought the same about his 1991, which is a borderline perfect wine today. The 2015 sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with searing notes of pepper, smoked meats, flowers, and assorted black and blue fruits. With full-bodied richness, a concentrated, thick mid-palate, sweet, yet present tannin, and a huge finish, this is a wine to back up the truck for. A warning, however – it’s not for those looking for instant gratification." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Côte Rôtie:
• Côte Rôtie is 90% whole-cluster, opposite of their IGP Syrah
• All parcels are vinified and aged separately, with no racking
• Aged 22 months in barrel, mostly demi-muid and some barrique, before blending
• Final blend includes sixteen lieux-dits farmed by the domaine: Gerine, Lesardes, Fongeant, Chavaroche, Côte Bodin, Bonnivières, Le Plomb, Le Truchet, Les Moutonnes, La Landonne, Côte Blonde, Côte Rozier, Leyat, Côte Brune, Tartaras, and Rochins