2001 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #1115672 91-95 points 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.  (12/2004)

94 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.  (1/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (10/2007)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Cote Rotie