Previously brothers Jean-Paul and Jean-Luc both ran their fathers’ renowned estate, Domaine Jamet, to exceptional results, in 2013, they divided the iconic family vineyards between them. Jean-Luc Jamet has stayed true to the same traditional wine-making techniques of his father, producing a positively thrilling new range of name-sake wines.
With 8 hectares in Côte-Rôtie and Côtes-du-Rhône, Jean-Luc produces a range of Syrah-based reds, as well as a Côtes-du-Rhône blanc. In the old family domaine he was in charge of the vineyards, however, Jean-Luc quickly proved himself as a talented winemaker, making “a beautiful wine that has plenty of classic Jamet character” (Jeb Dunnuck). Yet, the wine style is slightly different to the plusher, fleshier Domaine Jamet expressions as he aims for more elegant, fruit-driven wines and prefers to pick grapes earlier for lighter alcohols and bright crunchy acids.
Jean-Luc’s flagship cuvee, the impressive Les Terrasses is made from a blend of top lieux-dit sites in Côte-Rôtie, including La Landonne, Lancement, Chavaroche and Fongeant. Most grapes are destemmed with about 35% being pressed in whole bunches. Only the wild yeasts are used for fermentation, and the wine undergoes a gentle élevage mainly in the old barrels, to smoothen the tannins and to emphasise the elegant floral style.