Guigal's Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2015. Plus 6 back vintages from 2006 to 2013

Guigal's Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2015. Plus 6 back vintages from 2006 to 2013

 
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The outstanding Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis 2015
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In 1995 the Guigal family purchased the fortified Renaissance chateau of Ampuis and began an ambitious restoration program. It was completed in 2003 and today stands as a symbol of Guigal's reputation in the northern Rhone.
The Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is a typically blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier from old vines grown on the Cote Blonde and Cote Brune. The wine is reminiscent of the single vineyard wines and is made in much the same way with extended ageing in new oak. It is in every way a classic Guigal Cote-Rotie.
Today we feature the latest 2015 vintage of the Chateau d'Ampuis. We also have 6 back vintages available.
This is an incredible offer for Cote-Rotie aficionados. Mix and match as you please.
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2015
Normally $289.95
Special $260.00
Case of 6 Bottles $1455.00
1500ml MAGNUM $520.00

Guigal Ampuis label Jeb Dunnuck: Scheduled to be bottled just after this visit, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of smoked black fruits, caramelized blackcurrants, leady herbs, ground pepper, and earth. It's deep, rich, massively concentrated, and a powerhouse of a wine that's going to need bottle age, but wow, what a wine! The big news at the Guigal estate is the purchase of Domaine de Nalys in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The family has always wanted an estate in the South, and Nalys is an unrealized treasure trove of awesome terroir and old vines, both of which I've no doubt will be maximized by this talented family. In addition, the former winemaker at Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Jacques Desvernois, has joined the team, and while it's not clear exactly what his role will be, I suspect he will largely lead the charge at Domaine de Nalys. Either way, Desvernois is an incredible talent and can only add to what is already a well-oiled machine. As to the wines reviewed in this report, I was able to taste multiple vintages of each of the cuvées and have listed the wines by cuvée as opposed to by vintage, which is how we tasted through the wines. 96-98 Points

Wine Spectator: A gorgeous core of steeped raspberry, boysenberry and fig fruit gives this a showy side. A lush structure flows underneath, while long echoes of warm ganache, black tea and espresso linger. The fruit keeps this in the suave and alluring camp overall, though there's plenty of grip for cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2042. 97 Points
and 6 back vintages....
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2006
Normally $233.00
Special $209.00
Case of 6 Bottles $1170.00
Almost gone
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Jeb Dunnuck: Just as good, yet more classic in style, the 2006 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis offers up full-bodied richness and loads of texture to go with knockout aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, licorice, violets and assorted wild flower-like qualities. It has fabulous purity, solid mid-palate concentration and great acidity. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. 95 Points
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2007
Normally $233.00
Special $209.00
Case of 6 Bottles $1170.00
Almost gone

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Jeb Dunnuck: Showing the vintage's approachable, rich and sexy style, the 2007 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis gives up ripe black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, dried violets and cured meats to go with a full-bodied, forward and downright hedonistic style on the palate. About as exuberant and indulgent as Cote Rotie gets, it offers loads of pleasure now, but will evolve gracefully for another decade at least. 95 Points

Wine Spectator: 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. 95 Points
 
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2008
Normally $196.50
Special $176.95
Case of 6 Bottles $986.50

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Vinous, Josh Raynolds: Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas and flavors of candied red and dark berries and floral pastilles, with a bright, spicy overtone. Juicy and precise, with excellent back-end cut and clarity. Silky tannins come on late add give grip to a long, spice-dominated finish. Very suave wine, and approachable already. 93 Points
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2011
Normally $233.00
Special $209.00
Case of 6 Bottles $1170.00

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Vinous, Josh Raynolds: Vivid ruby. Spicy red fruits, incense, violet and botanical herbs on the flamboyantly perfumed nose. Vibrant, mineral-tinged black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and vivacity and a seamless texture. Juicy, precise and appealingly sweet on the youthfully tannic, incisive finish, with the berry and floral notes echoing. The blend of fruit intensity and tension here is quite suave. (Drink between 2016-2033). 93 Points

Jeb Dunnuck: The 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis has closed down slightly since last year, yet still offers a terrific perfume of cured meats, vanilla bean, sweet black currants and graphite to go with medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy style on the palate. I doubt it will truly close down and would happily enjoy bottles anytime over the coming 15 or more years. 93 Points

Wine Spectator: Very focused, with a lovely beam of lightly steeped red currant, bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors that glides atop singed cedar, black tea and dried star anise notes. The long finish is very fine-grained. A gorgeous wine. Best from 2016 through 2027. 94 Points
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2012
Normally $244.95
Special $220.50
Case of 6 Bottles $1230.00

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Jeb Dunnuck: The 2012 Côte Rôtie Château d'Ampuis is a bigger, richer wine that offers full-bodied richness and a broad, expansive style on the palate. Black raspberries, toasted spices, cured meats and licorice all emerge from this incredibly sexy, complex and nuanced Côte Rôtie, and my notes finish with "wish I could drink a glass." Enjoy bottles anytime over the coming 15 or more years. 95 Points

James Suckling MW: The nose has a complex array of fine-ground eastern spices, strong cardamom, fine dark chocolate, ripe black cherry and plums. There's even some liquorice. It has a neatly composed and elegant feel on the palate; it really flows long, rippling with spicy flavors and a smooth, dense and creamy finish. Best from 2028 for a decade or more. 97 Points

Vinous, Josh Raynolds: Opaque ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, licorice and violet, plus an exotic Indian spice nuance. At once weighty and energetic, offering sappy black and blue fruit flavors and hints of candied flowers, smoky minerals and spicecake. Smoothly blends power and vivacity, finishing pure, spicy and long, with repeating spiciness and smooth tannins. This bottling is steadily moving closer, quality-wise, to Gilgal's La La wines, but the price has yet to reflect that. (Drink between 2021-2028). 94 Points

Wine Spectator: This is lavishly toasty, with a frame of mocha, ganache and black tea notes, matched to a gorgeous core of raspberry pâte de fruit, blackberry puree and plum sauce flavors. Exhibits a long, alluring, polished feel through the finish. This has a ways to go before opening up fully. Best from 2018 through 2030. 95 Points
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2013
Normally $253.50
Special $227.95
Case of 6 Bottles $1272.95

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Jeb Dunnuck: The 2013 Côte Rôtie Chateau D'Ampuis showed consistent with last year, offering classic, masculine notes of smoked black fruits, crushed flowers, and lots of minerality. It's not a blockbuster but has good concentration, bright acidity, and building tannin, all suggesting 3-4 years of bottle age will be your friend. Due to the timing of my visit (which was earlier than normal), I wasn't able to taste a full lineup from Guigal. Nevertheless, even an abbreviated lineup from Guigal consists of more wines than just about every other producer I taste with. Looking at the 2016s, the white wines, especially from Condrieu, are brilliant and show the more fresh, vibrant style of this cooler, late vintage. The reds are very classic in style across the board. I'll taste these again, mostly from barrel, next year as well, but this is certainly an excellent vintage. The 2015s, as I've written more than once now, are truly spectacular, and after tasting these wines multiple times from barrel now, I completely understand why Marcel Guigal would declare this the greatest vintage of his lifetime. These are rich, voluptuous, massive wines I think will represent a modern-day version of 1978. The 2014s continue to improve every time I taste them, which is common for this estate. Similar, perhaps, to a toned down 2012, these are charming, supple, elegant wines that are vastly more approachable than the 2013s. Lastly, the 2013s from bottle showed the backward, dark, mineral-laced profile of the vintage. They're beautifully concentrated and terrific wines, yet the cellar is going to be your friend. (Drink between 2021-2033). 94 Points
Vinous, Josh Raynolds: Opaque ruby. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, olive and violet are sharpened by a smoky mineral overtone. Deeply concentrated yet lively as well, showing impressive focus and lift to the black currant, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors, which show a smooth, velvety texture. Deftly marries power and finesse and finishes impressively long and sweet, displaying repeating dark berry character and dusty tannins that sneak in late. (Drink between 2022-2031). 94 Points

Wine Spectator: Solidly built, with a compact core of steeped currant and plum fruit flavors liberally laced with singed alder, leather and tar notes. Keeps a taut edge through the finish, as this is youthfully tight, with good, buried guts. Should unwind beautifully in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. 95 Points
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Les Darons Languedoc rouge 2015
Once a source only for cheap bulk wine, Languedoc is now proving its ability to make wonderful terroir wines at very reasonable prices. The region is thriving with so many exciting wine producers you hardly know where to turn.

The wines of the Languedoc have a lot in common with their relatives from the southern Rhone. Traditional Rhone varieties like Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan are favoured by those with an eye to quality.
Jeb Dunnuck - eRobert Parker: What looks like another great vintage here, the 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan; grapes were completely destemmed, and fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. It sees absolutely no oak whatsoever. This medium to full-bodied, plump, rounded, downright sexy 2015 has lots of blueberry, violets, and jammy black cherry aromas and flavors; it has terrific purity of fruit, good acidity and an overriding sense of elegance. If it came from a more prestigious appellation in the southern Rhone, it would go for three times the price. 91-93 Points
Darren Harris: On the nose this is all raspberry and blueberry - the Grenache to the fore. It is very Chateauneuf - but not quite. A great palate - slinky, juicy, fresh with flowers and a liquorice/pastille character. It is bright and pure. Succulent. Deep. Not too ripe - more mouthcoating and textured - the alcohol well and truly under control. Then it finishes with defined acid, fine tannins and some garrigue. Gosh, this is a good drink. 
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