2003 Guigal - Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 97   WS 94   IWC 92   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

A wine I've been lucky enough to have numerous times recently, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is gorgeous. Quite possibly the wine of the vintage, it shows thrilling levels of blackberry, licorice, toasted bread, and garrigue to go with a full-bodied, massive, yet layered and seamless feel on the palate. There's none of the rusticity or coarse tannin that's common in the vintage, and it possesses beautiful purity, sweetness of fruit and length. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2018
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Even though there's loads of fig, mocha and spice up front, this is really holding back, with a dense core of tar, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet cocoa held in check by some serious grip. The minerality is also there, and this should blossom in the cellar. 1,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Author: James Molesworth

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($175) Deep ruby. Fresh raspberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by floral and roasted herb accents. Silky in texture, with deep, jammy dark fruit flavors and subtle bracing acidity. Impressively fresh for the vintage, finishing sweet and very long.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 130

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/13/2007
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Killer wine. Velvety with a huge explosion of flavor on the back end. Really really impressive.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

Rating: 97
Author: Ish Wine Cellar
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/21/2012

Rating: 96
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/25/2014

Rating: 96
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1376 bottles owned by 297 collectors.

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About This Producer

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

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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