Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
Chateau d'Ampuis is produced in much the same manner as Guigal's Cru Cote Roties. The wine is aged in new barriques for 36 months, with one racking per year before assembly and bottling, without fining or filtration. Composed of Syrah (93%) and Viognier (7%), the bottled wine is harmonious and round, less assertive than the single vineyard wines, but more forward, velvety, and complex. While it has joined the 'pantheon' of Guigal collectibles, it is happily in somewhat greater supply than the single vineyard wines, less expensive, easier to appreciate in its youth, but will nonetheless will repay long ageing.
Wine Spectator - "Very dense, with espresso, maduro tobacco and a strong tarry edge leading the way for now, while a core of plum cake, hoisin sauce and steeped black currant broods in the background. The dense, ganache-filled finish demands cellaring. This is just a half step behind the La La bottlings now. Very impressive. Best from 2013 through 2024."
The Wine Advocate - "The current release, the 2007 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis, is a complex, evolved, sexy effort revealing plenty of jammy black raspberry, bacon fat, licorice, new saddle leather and roasted herb characteristics. With sweet tannin, full body, a velvety texture, and an opulent, complex style, this beautifully balanced 2007 should age effortlessly for 10-15 years, but there is no reason to delay your gratification. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and potpourri, with a note of spice cake that gains volume with air. Lively and focused on the palate, which offers sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors as well as hints of cracked pepper and smoky herbs. Shows plenty of complexity now, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence. This wine displays the elegant, approachable character of the vintage."
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E. Guigal Winery
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.
Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.
In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars. View all E. Guigal Wines
About Cote RotieView a map of Cote Rotie wineries (cote roh-TEE)
The Rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of Cote Rotie is "roasted slope," named after the region's very steep, south facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, Cote Brunes & Cote Blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker Brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The lighter soils of the Blondes slope contain more slate and limestone, making elegant and soft wine. Wine can be from one designated slope, or a blend of both – the label will designate which it is.
Notable FactsLike all Northern Rhone appellations, Syrah is the only grape allowed in Cote-Rotie. However, Cote-Rotie allows up to 20% of the more aromatic and elegant white grape, Viognier, to be blended into the red wines. From the Cote-Blondes slope, the grape makes no single-varietal white wines, it's only used to blend. In fact, no white wines at all come from Cote-Rotie. The reds, from both slopes, are marked for being elegant and complex, as well as ageworthy.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.