As for the two Côte Rôties, I was able to taste through numerous components of his 2015 Côte Rôtie and they all possessed beautiful purity of fruit, impressive concentration and serious amounts of firm, tight tannin. All of the samples rated between 93-96, but it’s a backward, beast of a wine that should only be purchased by those with cold cellars and plenty of patience (but I promise, you’ll be rewarded for your patience). Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet continue to fashion a staunchly traditional Côte Rôtie that’s not destemmed and is aged in a tiny amount of new oak. They also make an impressive Côtes du Rhône (red and white) and a new cuvée, their Condrieu Vernillon. Regarding the 2015 vintage, this was compared to 1999 by Jean Paul, which is a vintage he disliked early on and found too over the top. He commented that it came around with cellaring. I have to agree with him, as I love his 1999.(JD)
(95% whole clusters): Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, candied licorice and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral note adding complexity. Broad, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering intense blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors that are energized by a refreshing snap of juicy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes very long and youthfully tannic, leaving a sappy dark fruit note behind. (JR)
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