Jean-Luc Jamet worked for many years alongside his brother Jean-Paul, at the iconic family estate, Domaine Jamet. However in 2013 the brothers split the 16 hectare estate evenly, into two 8 hectare properties.
From the new beginning in 2013, Jean-Luc was not willing to buy second hand barrels and so all the barrels were new. This meant the early vintages were a little oaky but the latest vintages have great balance and are seriously impressive. The majority of the barrels are 300 litres, with the balance made up of 20% 228 litre and 20% 500 litre casks. Generally 35% of the production is made with whole bunches, with the remaining 65% destemmed to emphasise the floral, elegant style and he only uses wild yeasts. Today Jean-Luc and his wife Evelyne have been joined at the estate by their second son, Benoit, who supports in both the vineyards and the winery.
The vineyard holdings comprise 4.5 hectares of Côte-Rôtie, 2 hectares of Côtes-du-Rhône, and 1 hectare of Vin de Pays. The Côte-Rôtie is 100% Syrah and includes 0.9 ha Mornachon, 0.8 ha Chavaroche, 0.7 ha Lancement, 0.6 ha Bonnivières, as well as small parcels across Côte Baudin, La Landonne, Les Moutonnes, Les Rochains, Tartaras and Fongeant. The Côtes du Rhône Blanc ‘Le Couzou’ is a blend of 60% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne and 20% Viognier, with 2/3 made in barrel and 1/3 in stainless steel, grown on granitic, argilous soils. This can turn out to be an intense lemon and peachy mineral wine, reminiscent of fine Chablis. The Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge ‘L’Enclave’ is very much a ‘petit Côte-Rôtie’ and comes from Champrond and Bonnivieres, while
the IGP Syrah is planted on schist soils near the domaine at Le Vallin. Jean-Luc has also planted a little Pinot Noir near their property on the Vallin plateau which is very pretty and could be confused for grander wines from Burgundy, 200km further north.