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)
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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.
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.
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.
The 1999 Cocirc;te Rocirc;tie Chateau drsquo;Ampuis has put on additional weight, and is the most awesome effort Guigal has produced under this brand name. All of the component parts were tasted, several of which bordered on perfection, particularly La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin. The sumptuous 1999 boasts a spectacularly sweet perfume of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with smoke, tapenade, and new saddle leather notes. It is unctuously-textured, explosively rich, and amazingly well-delineated for a wine of such size and richness. This is an exquisite Cocirc;te Rocirc;tie that should drink well young yet age nicely for two decades.
Bright ruby. Drop-dead gorgeous aromas of raspberry, spicecake, potpourri and incense. Round, sappy and sweet, with deeply concentrated red fruit flavors, melting tannins and energetic mineral snap. An exotic candied floral quality gains power with air and carries through the finish, which is strikingly pure and lively. Very impressive, pure wine with wonderful balance.
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.
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.
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