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. (JR)
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. Readers looking for classic, old-school, age-worthy Cote Rotie should look no further than the wines from Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet. While 2015 is an incredible vintage for this estate, the 2016s are also some of the more impressive in the appellation.
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. (JC) 96+
Superb nose with very ripe, complex blackberries, as well as a wealth of black pepper, dark chocolate, graphite and a bold array of spices. Super-fresh with very fragrant, savory complexity. The palate has a bold array of rich, ripe, sweetly fruited tannins. Dark chocolate, licorice and dense spices, too. Very long and composed with deep, black fruit and plum paste. Super long. A blend of 15 different parcels. You barely sense the 15 per cent new oak or the 100 per cent whole-cluster fermentation. Drink in 2025.
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