'La Valine', Les Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah, Jean Luc James 2017
Case: 6 x Bottles 750ml
Deep purple-hued with a highly perfumed nose of ripe red, black and blue fruit with herbal hints of black pepper and savoury notes. A textbook Syrah, dark and gamey, to delight Northern Rhone Syrah. Full of promise and will develop over the next 5 -10 years.
Labeled as ‘Collines Rhodaniennes’ (a broader regional appellation, or vin de pays), this wine is 100% Syrah grown on a high plateau above Ampuis, outside the official Côte-Rôtie AOC boundary. “Valine” is on the “Côte Brune” side of the hill, where the soils are dominated by brown schist—which tends to produce more muscular, structured wines. Combine this with the high-elevation, wind-swept location of “Valine,” and you have a pretty good idea of what you’re going to get: a high-toned, spicy Syrah that dances across the palate.
As you might also expect, this wine has a very “traditional” feel. The Jamets have long been known for using a predominance of whole grape clusters in their fermentations, lending the wines added grip, and there’s no perceptible oak influence, either (although it is aged in barrels).
About The Producer
The mere mention of the name “Jamet” provokes an awed response from Côte-Rôtie lovers. It is a category-defining name, as synonymous with the greatness of its appellation as Chave (Hermitage); Lafite-Rothschild (Pauillac); or Giacomo Conterno (Barolo).