E. Guigal Syrah Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis 2005
94-96 points Robert Parker: ...a macho, masculine-styled effort. Dense, concentrated, and powerful, with gamy black currant, spice box, bacon fat, and herb notes, this chewy, tannic, enormously promising requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following two decades or more. (Apr 2009)
External Reviews for E. Guigal Syrah Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis
Guigalrsquo;s Chateau drsquo;Ampuis, which was launched in 1995, is nearly as spectacular as his single vineyard offerings (La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne). There are 2,500 cases of this offering, produced from a blend of hillside vineyards (La Garde, La Clos, La Grande Plantee, La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin). The 1997 Cote Rotie Chateau drsquo;Ampuis was bottled a year ago and is now in the marketplace. Its dense ruby color is followed by gorgeous aromas of chocolate intermixed with road tar, cassis, smoke, and coffee. It is low in acidity, but ripe and concentrated with a voluptuous texture. This stunning Cote Rotie is more developed and forward than the 1995, 1996, or 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2018.
Rock-solid, with a great core of dark plum and fig woven with incense, Turkish coffee, melted licorice and mineral notes. The long finish lets the mouthwatering acidity carry it all nicely. Thereandrsquo;s impressive drive and density. Best from 2010 through 2020.
Bright medium ruby. Knockout liqueur-like nose combines black raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and licorice, with just a suggestion of surmaturite. Lush, silky and seamless on the palate, with a deep flavor of dark chocolate. Offers great volume without any excess weight. Powerful but not hot. Finishes with superb length and richness. The best vintage yet for this bottling.
Rich and ripe, well-made and full-bodied, this mellow red offers opulence despite its tannic structure. Packed with black currants, grilled meat, mineral, smoke and a slight gamy note. Long, balanced finish. Drink now through 2015.
The 1999 Cote Rotie Chateau drsquo;Ampuis is the finest example yet of this blend fashioned from six hillside vineyards (La Garde, La Clos, La Grande Plantee, La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin). Aged in both barrel and large foudre for 30 months prior to bottling, there are approximately 3,000 cases produced. The fabulous 1999 boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet nose of roasted herbs, bacon, licorice, smoke, blackberries, cherry liqueur, and toast. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured with hints of new saddle leather, tapenade, and creme de cassis, this large-scaled, well-delineated 1999 should hit its stride in 4ndash;5 years, and last for two decades.
The fabulous 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is a resounding success. This is the first vintage where Guigal's newest acquisition, the Syrah from the Viria Vineyard (essentially a fourth single vineyard), is included in the blend. Dark ruby/purple t... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2005 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 750ml
If the 2006 represents a 1991-ish feminine offering, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau dandrsquo;Ampuis is a macho, masculine-styled effort. Dense, concentrated, and powerful, with gamy black currant, spice box, bacon fat, and herb notes, this chewy, tannic, enormously promising requires 3andndash;4 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following two decades or more.
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