2000 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rotie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I found variation in the six component parts of the 2000 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis. The scores ranged from the high eighties to low nineties, but make no mistake about it, this wine will put on weight...This is a lighter-styled, medium-bodied effort. Iit possesses sweet jammy fruit and bacon fat characteristics, but is already easy to drink, without the structure, weight, and depth of other vintages. Nevertheless, it will have its place given the charm, purity, and upfront, easygoing character. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2014.
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier, 35 hl/ha yield, fermented in closed stainless-steel vats, three-week cuvaison, aged 38 months in new oak casks. Lively crimson. Both sweet and savoury – very lively and concentrated for a Côte-Rôtie. Sweeter, richer than the Brune et Blonde bottling. More textured and chewier. Splits the difference between Brune et Blonde and the Vidal Fleury.
Smoky and slightly bacony on the nose, but also quite cedary. The lavish oak is even more apparent in the mouth, where cedar and vanilla flavors take charge. It's supple, easy to drink and a very enjoyable wine, but the Cote-Rotie distinctiveness needs time to emerge. Try in 2008.