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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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.
"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 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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. 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...Read More About Guigal
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...Read More About Cote Rotie
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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