1997 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Les Sommets d’Harys - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (9/5/2012)
From what I can gather, a one off cuvee representing the pinnacle of syrah (“les sommets d’harys”) from what the Jamets have always regarded as one of their greatest years.
A deep purple/ black robe. No sign of age.
The wine opens with immense concentration on the nose - tar, coffee, tapenade, cocoa and dried meat. A traditional Jamet bouquet but taken to a whole new level. This is what Guigal’s La Landonne would smell like if not slathered in oak.
On the palate, the wine shows lovely concentration of sweet black fruits. Green and black olives, salami and cherries. Very well balanced with good acidity and a hefty tannic backbone.
This compares very favourably with my two favourite Jamets, the 91 and 99 Brunes.
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