2001 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rôtie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasting through the six components of the 2001 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis suggests a wine with far greater depth, more structure, higher acidity than the 2000, and a long, heady finish. All six parcels were rated between 89 and 96 points.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Superripe aromas of pepper, chocolate and menthol. Wonderfully deep flavors of cherries and spice. A very fresh, elegant wine with compelling sweetness but also excellent backbone. Really coats the palate on the very long aftertaste, finishing with strong spiciness and great lift. This makes the Guigal 2000 La-La wines seem almost soft by comparison.
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier, 35 hl/ha yield, fermented in closed stainless steel vats, 3 week cuvaison, aged 38 months in new oak casks. Youthful medium garnet. Really sweet and meaty nose - as if you were immersed in its intensity. As well as this meatiness there was a perfumed, aromatic lift. An immediate standout in the Côte Rôties tasted up to this point. Rich firm and fine-grained. Good concentration and length. 17.5/20 points. (JH)