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2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis

FRANCE / RHÔNE / CÔTE-RÔTIE
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 48744-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($160) Vivid ruby. Potent, intensely perfumed aromas of red berries, Asian spices, dried flowers and minerals expand with air and pick up a note of cracked pepper. Deep, concentrated and surprisingly graceful, offering mineral-laced raspberry and cherry flavors and a sexy floral quality. Clings tenaciously on the strikingly pure and focused finish This wine was just bottled.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2010
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    More masculine, backwards and concentrated, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is a full-bodied, structured effort that's just barely starting to show some secondary nuances. Giving up notions of violet, asphalt, graphite, crushed rock, bacon fat and dried rose petal, it has impeccable balance, notable concentration and a big finish. It should hit prime time in another 2 to 3 years, and evolve gracefully through 2025.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Rock-solid, with a great core of dark plum and fig fruit woven with incense, Turkish coffee, melted licorice and mineral notes. The long finish lets the mouthwatering acidity carry it all nicely. There's impressive drive and density.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Ish Wine Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Excellent wine. Subtle, complex with chewy texture. Licorice, fruity. Hints of elegance. Nose, body and finish. A total package.
    Author: Michael C
  • Self | Rating:

    If the 2006 represents a 1991-ish feminine offering, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d'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 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following two decades or more. While the entire world of wine knows how profound Guigal's red wines are, they may not know that he continues to demonstrate a complete mastery of white wine varietals, from his lowly Cotes du Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, to his seriously-endowed dry whites from the northern Rhone. Over recent years, Guigal has been attempting to produce an interesting, fairly-priced, delicious Crozes-Hermitage. (The overall level of quality from this complex appellation is less than exciting.) Guigal is becoming one of the most important producers of high quality St.-Joseph. He fashions three cuvees, a general appellation offering, his St.-Joseph Lieu-Dit St.-Joseph, and the limited production Vignes de l'Hospice, which comes from high elevation, steeply terraced vines planted at the top of the small mountain that dominates the town of Tournon. Along with Chapoutier's St.-Joseph Les Granits, Guigal's Vignes de l'Hospice is one of the most profound wines of the appellation. It comes from a 5.5 acre parcel at the top of the small mountain that dominates the town of Tournon. The soils are decomposed granite with essentially the same soil base as the great vineyard of Hermitage across the river known as Les Bessards. One can argue that by producing the Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis, Guigal is pulling some high quality material away from his Brune et Blonde, and it seems to me that only in the greatest vintages is the Brune et Blonde as consistent as it was in the past. That said, the Chateau d'Ampuis is superb. This cuvee comes from some of the top vineyards planted on the steep hillsides of Cote Rotie, such as Le Clos, La Grande Plantee, La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, Le Moulin, and Guigal's most recent purchase, La Viria, which I suspect will become another single vineyard Cote Rotie in a few years. There are around 2,000 cases of this cuvee, and it is aged 30 or more months in 100% new oak. Guigal's single vineyard Cote Roties are other-worldly in nearly every vintage. I have given these offerings more perfect scores than any other wines in the world. They represent three completely different expressions of Cote Rotie, and are made in limited quantities. There are about 1,000 cases of La Landonne, and 500-600 cases each of La Mouline and La Turque. La Mouline, which includes the highest percentage of co-fermented Viognier (11%), is always the more delicate, voluptuous wine with the most complex aromatics. La Turque is a denser, more gamy, meaty effort with approximately 7% Viognier co-fermented. It comes across as a completely different style of wine. La Landonne, which is grown in pure schist on the steep hillsides of the northern-most sector of the appellation, is 100% Syrah. It is the densest, most concentrated, masculine, and tannic of these three cuvees. Regardless of the vintage's style and personality, La Mouline will always be the most flattering to drink young, followed by La Turque, and lastly by La Landonne. All three of these offerings are aged for a remarkably long, 42 month period in 100% new oak barrels (but they are never oaky), and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. They typically have 30+ years of longevity in top vintages. In short, they are singular expressions of greatness from spectacular vineyards that are brought to fruition with non-interventionalistic, creative yet distinctive winemaking. A re-visit to the 2004s has proven that Guigal's long barrel aging can produce wines that are often better out of bottle than they were early in cask, a common occurrence at Guigal
    Author: SFHjr
Marcel Guigal - the so-called "pivot" of the Cote-Rotie appellation - is both an owner and negociant, and vinifies over 40% of all Cote-Rotie. His father, Etienne, started out quite modestly in 1946, and over the next decades the company has grown to encompass all that is best in the Rhone Valley. Not only known for the massive hits in Hermitage and Cote-Rotie, the Guigal name is synonymous with quality all along the scale, from the humble Cotes-du-Rhone to the Big Three - La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque.

See other similar producers:Chapoutier,Domaine Charvin

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 548 bottles owned
  • 104 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 104 collectors)