Cotes Du Rhone Blanc

2017 Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Jamet

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  • Appellation:
    Cotes Du Rhone
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  • Grape Type:
    Marsanne, Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc
  • Stock Location:
In stock (30)
Wine Critics Notes:

Wine Advocate - Score: 90 ()

Honeyed, ripe and round, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a blend of 50% Marsanne, 25% Viognier and 25% Roussanne with Grenache Blanc. Half was fermented and matured in barrel, half in stainless steel. It's medium to full-bodied, with notes of melon, apricot and pineapple, and it has a dry, chalky finish. There are few visits I look forward to more than tasting with Jean-Paul Jamet at his cellars above Côte Rôtie. Even though he and Jean Luc split the family domaine several years ago, he still has 25 parcels in 19 lieux-dits, making barrel tasting here particularly educational. There's very little new oak in the cellar, and a high proportion of whole clusters for the Côte Rôtie (95% is the figure Jamet likes to cite). Bottling doesn't occur until after the harvest, so the 2016s were still in barrel at the time of my visit. Jamet said it's a vintage of "less sun, but well balanced and elegant, if less rich." It's certainly more approachable than the blockbuster 2015s, which are reviewed out of bottle. The 2017s, according to Jamet, will be a good compromise between the precociousness of the 2016s and the hardness of the 2015s. Of the 2015, said Jamet, "It's a year that needs a lot of time." For folks looking for lower prices and more immediate gratification, don't overlook Jamet's IGP Collines Rhodanienne and Côte du Rhône offerings, which offer a taste of Côte Rôtie without the same outlay of time or money.