Jean Luc Jamet Les Terrasses Cote Rotie rouge 2016
Jean-Luc Jamet and his brother shared the domain in 2012 in order to be ready for the inheritance for future generations. Everyone has received parts of the famous locations of Jamet in Côte Rotie, they all remain intact. Only that Jean-Luc was the vineyard worker over all the decades and therefore knew the locations much better than his brother, who did the expansion and sales more. Jean-Luc vinifies all parts of the individual plots separately and then marries them into this single final blend. An approach that can make sense, we also know it from other Rhône Domaines, such as Clos des Papes, who also combine all of their plots into a single assembly. That means that here at Jean-Luc Jamet there is only this one Côte Rotie, composed of 12 layers. He doesn't like what his brother does with the layers and because he knows the different slate and granite plots like no other, I think it's a wise decision by him. 75% unraveled, fully matured in barriques, half new, the other half second and third occupancy. In the Côte Rotie we have had an unbroken succession of great years since 2015, 2016 is the preliminary highlight because it is so powerful and elegant at the same time. But 2017 and 2018 may catch up with this in a completely different style, or maybe even top it, who knows. 2016 is certainly the worthy successor of 2010. Very clear Côte Rotie nose, but less burnt than expected, more fresh, red fruit, rich wild raspberry, some strawberry, some plum, red currant, a nose as I know it from Ogier vom Lancement, almost something like Saint Julien from Bordeaux. Nicely underlaid with the freshness of the black horse, without ever getting rough, everything was ripe. Round, oppressive, fine rocky minerality underneath, salt and grandiose charm. The mouth shows tremendous flu, but nothing is hard, totally soft, sanded silky, massive and round, velvety, even rather silky. Great length, a lot of grip, but nothing to worship, nothing to kneel down to, rather a Côte Rotie with a lot of charm, density and a lot of red fruit. Long, long, long-lasting, I haven't drunk a charming Cote Rotie that has been trimmed so little for showmanship for a long time. It is probably exactly Jean-Luc's wise decision to combine the individual layers into a large Côte Rotie, because the wine shows an immense harmony, drinkiness, juiciness. This is a fun thing with a really great class.