The new Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2016. Plus 3 back vintages

The new Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2016. Plus 3 back vintages

The outstanding Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis 2016
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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.
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Today we feature the newly arrived 2016 vintage of the Chateau d'Ampuis. We also have 3 back vintages available.
This is a super offer for Cote-Rotie aficionados. Mix and match as you please.
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2016
Normally $299.95
Special $275.00
Wooden Case of 6 bottles $1585.00
Jeb Dunnuck:  Moving to the top Côte Rôties, the 2016 Côte Rôtie Chateau D'Ampuis comes from a blend of top sites (7 different lieux-dits) and sees the same care and élevage as the La Las. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as a stunning nose of black raspberry and cassis interwoven with notes of bacon fat, spring flowers, violets, and smoked game, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, and gorgeous overall balance. The tannins are polished, and it has wonderful sweetness of fruit as well as considerable elegance. A classic 2016 that does everything right, it cedes very little, if anything, to the more expensive single vineyard releases. Readers that love classic Côte Rôtie should buy this by the case. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 15+. (Drink between 2024-2040). 96 Points
Josh Reynolds, Vinous: Extremely dark ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and dark fruit preserve, exotic spice, licorice and incense aromas show sharp delineation and pick up hints of candied flowers and olive with aeration. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering intense boysenberry, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that slowly tighten up on the back half. Repeats the blue fruit note on an impressively persistent, spice-tinged finish that features sneaky tannins and an appealingly sweet cola flourish. 95 Points
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate: The 2016 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis remains a wonderfully harmonious, medium to full-bodied effort, possessing tremendous energy and length. Cedary notes accent red raspberries on the nose, while the streamlined palate brings hints of cherries and blueberries, and the finish adds wiry, herb-and-spice intricacies. This has gained in stature since my last barrel tasting. The Guigal family's policy of extended élevage means their wines are often a year or two older than the others on release. In theory, that means consumers have wines that are closer to being ready to drink, but that doesn't always apply when considering the winery's top cuvées. While the 2016 La Las are already almost five years from the vintage, they could all use additional time in bottle. As always, there's no rush; they should drink well through 2040 or 2045, at a minimum. 95 Points
Wine Spectator: This lovely version throws off some pretty stylish aromas of incense, black tea and juniper, followed by a focused core of steeped cherry and plum fruit. Subtle mineral and savory details imbue the finish, which offers a mix of velvet and iron elements. Best from 2022 through 2038. 95 Points
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2015
Normally $289.95
Special $260.00
Wooden Case of 6 bottles $1455.00
Jeb Dunnuck:  I loved the 2015 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis from barrel, and this beauty does not disappoint from bottle. Coming from a handful of top sites, it’s made in the same fashion as the top La Las, seeing four years in new barrels. Deep purple-hued with a classic bouquet of black raspberries, jammy blackberries, acacia flowers, vanilla bean, and spice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a rounded, expansive mid-palate, sweet tannins, and a great, great finish. Savvy readers will stock up on this beauty. Give it 3-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades or more. 97 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
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2013
Normally $253.50
Special $227.95
Wooden Case of 6 bottles $1272.95
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
Cote-Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2011
Normally $233.00
Special $209.00
Wooden Case of 6 bottles $1170.00
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
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