Highlights: Jean-Luc Jamet Valine 2018 Collines-Rhodaniennes, France

The Jamet story is not a straightforward one. Brothers Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul worked together for many years at Domaine Jamet, but in 2013 they split the 16 hectare estate into two 8 hectare properties and went their own way. Initially, Jean-Luc just used new oak (he didn’t want to use old barrels), and so the initial releases were a bit weird, but this wine suggests he’s doing something quite serious. He has 4.5 hectares of Côte-Rôtie, 2 hectares of Côtes-du-Rhône, and 1 hectare of Vin de Pays.

Jean-Luc Jamet Valine 2018 Collines-Rhodaniennes, France
This is really serious. Wonderful aromas of bacon fat, spice and black cherries: so floral and distinctive. There’s a freshness to the palate: it’s rounded and complete with nice precision. Silky, fine and fresh with nice fruit and some pepper and bacon notes. Very silky and refined. Thrilling stuff. 95/100 (£26.99 Handford Wines)

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