2000 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rotie

SKU #1006977 88-91 points 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.  (4/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (6/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/2005)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Cote Rotie