Decanted for an hour before drinking. Again came across quite ripe and soft - silky red fruit alongside blackcurrant was complemented by notes of charred meat and smoke, with olive and earth Still quite young overall and vs previous bottle this particularly seemed to need a bit more time to be at its best. ***1/2-****
Darkish red. Tight slightly ripe nose that showed red fruit in the front and in the background are the Northern Rhone notes, pepper, earth and smoke. Tasty tight Syrah flavours and a dry tannic finish.
Bill's bottle. The first of two served. Both blind.
Not as stuffed as some of the surrounding vintages chez Jamet, actually on the airy and red-fruited side. Still a nice old-school Cote-Rotie in the bramble-and-olive phase, and I probably would've focused on it more if it weren't next to a Verset.
#DCInvasion (Chicago, IL): In contrast to the 1999 Jamet magnum which was much meatier, I found the 2000 Jamet in the "regular" size to be much more accessible and ready for consumption -- and would prefer drinking this to the 1999 at this point in time. This bottle showed a pronounced tapenade character, as well as a lot less plush fruit. Leaner, more structured and austere, but with all the separate elements of the wine easily accessible right now. Throw in that tapenade and I'm a pretty happy camper.
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