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Côte Rôtie, Domaine Jean-Paul Jamet 2020

Tasting Notes

Opaque ruby. Vibrant blackberry, cherry, incense, Moroccan spice, potpourri and smoky mineral qualities on the expansive, seductively perfumed nose. Offers vibrant black and blue fruit, spicecake, olive and floral pastille flavors that show bright detail and energetic mineral lift. The floral and spice notes recur strongly on the youthfully gripping finish, which features mounting tannins and lingering smokiness. Drink 2030-2040.

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, December 2022

Still resting in barrels, the 2020 Côte Rôtie is a ripe, sexy beast of a Côte Rôtie, and Jean-Paul commented that he preferred the more classic style of the 2019. Don't let that scare you away, as this is a thrilling Côte Rôtie in the making. All of the samples exhibited a healthy purple color, intense aromatics, remarkable purity, and a more medium to full-bodied profile. This ripe, powerful vintage is going to require at least 7-8 years to shed some baby fat (and you'll be excused for drinking a bottle in its youth) but should still evolve for 20+ years. I suspect the 2019 might be longer lived due to its more structured profile, but it's going to be a treat following these vintages over the coming decades.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, December 2022

A combination of separate lieux-dits which show a classic, fresh and focused vintage, with each component reflecting its origins with great clarity. It's an aromatic style, with slight tannins and fairly low but balanced acidity. All whole-bunch fermented, matured mostly in old demi-muids.

Matt Walls, Decanter.com, October 2021

The 2020 Côte Rôtie should be brilliant, and I was able to taste multiple barrels. This vintage was not destemmed and Jean-Paul isn’t dogmatic with stems, judging each vintage on its own and adjusting the amount of stems accordingly. The 2020 shows a ripe yet pure style across the board, with most samples being medium to full-bodied and showing plenty of oomph and structure. The stems stand out in a few of the samples, and the wines reminded me slightly of 2010. This is a powerful, structured vintage at Jamet, and readers will love to have these their cellars.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2022
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