Big, seductive, and feral nose that's exemplar Côte-Rôtie, with notes of black olive, blackberry, bacon fat, and smoke. Black fruit and roast meat in the mouth, with great acidity and low alcohol. For all the hedonism, this is quite pure and clean. There's still some grippy tannins, and secondary notes have yet to emerge. If lucky this will evolve positively for another 10 years.
Wines at Mike's: A nose suggesting an Old World, in fact Northern Rhone, Syrah: spices, black pepper, sweaty leather horse saddle and fried bacon fat notes, with more funky, almost feral elements. In the mouth, you feel the power, the Jamet is still pretty primary. Very clean and pure, with quite a volume of unresolved fine grained tannin. There is plenty of bright, dark berry fruit but also attractive umami, savoury elements, particularly on the long, dry finish. Hold for 5+ years. This Jamet looks excellent!
#DCInvasion (Chicago, IL): From magnum. Compared to the 2000, which I thought was much more approachable, this wine showed much more charcuterie and bacon on the nose and palate. There's a slight feral quality to it as well, as well as exuberant black fruit that needs more time to come out and play. Despite the density and richness, there's no sense at all that this wine is heavy, and that's probably thanks to an undercurrent of acidity. I would strongly suggest negating the rule of 15 here and letting these sleep for a few more years.
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