A pair of wines from Jamet
The Jamet family are masters of Syrah in the Northern Rhone. Tasting the Cote-Rotie at Robert Kacher’s Annual Portfolio Tasting is always a treat. I am also fortunate in that I have friends who have shared older bottlings and the experience is always singular. Fortunately, the portfolio extends beyond Cote-Rotie to present affordable selections for current drinking. The 2013 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc is less fruit-driven than the two previous vintages. Instead, it offers an infusion of pickled ginger and rosemary both in aroma and flavor. It may sound crazy but it works and again, presents a singular experience. The origins of the 2013 GAEC Jamet, Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes is unmistakably Northern Rhone. This wine needs a few hours of air and is best consumed on the first night. It is a good wine but not quite up to the level of the 2012 vintage. It is, though, a pure wine which you can turn to when you want youthful expression of Syrah. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc – $30
Imported by Robert Kacher. This wine is a blend of 55% Marsanne, 30% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, and 5% Grenache Blanc that was aged for 12 months in stainless steel tanks and barriques. Alcohol 13%. The beautiful nose is evocative of pickled ginger and fresh rosemary. In the mouth, the wine is first surrounded by some fat then as the rosemary and other fresh herbs come out, the acidity becomes present on the sides of the tongue. This distinct wine finished up with some grip and textured tannins on the gums. *** Now – 2017.
2013 GAEC Jamet, Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes – $25
Imported by Robert Kacher. This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vines averaging 12 years of age on soils of schist and granite. The fruit was completely destemmed, fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Alcohol 12.5%. This is clearly a Northern Rhone Syrah with lovely red fruit that tastes as if from young vines. The wine sports ample strawberry ripeness, red grapefruit, and some fat. Unmistakable in origin. **(*) 2016 – 2018.