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1996 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rotie

SKU #1172532 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated ruby-red. Complex nose combines black raspberry, black cherry, tar, licorice, pepper and smoky oak. Rich on entry but already beginning to shut down following the bottling. Fresh acids give the wine excellent grip. As with the above wine, the tannins are not especially noticeable today. Quite long on the palate. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (1/2000)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sadly, there are only 23,000 bottles (all aged in small oak) of the outstanding 1996 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis, which was bottled in October, 1999. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by an intense nose of tapenade, dried herbs, licorice, leather, and black currants. The wine is nicely-textured, soft, with less acidity than most 1996 Cote Roties, and a layered, supple finish. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2001)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Beautiful. Balanced, supple and silky. Full-bodied, it's delicious now thanks to the ripe, smooth tannins. Offers fresh blackberry and red berry flavors, with intense smoke and grilled character and a lively finish. Inner quote mark (8/2000)

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