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2015 E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" Côte-Rotie

SKU #1454824 96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Scheduled to be bottled just after this visit, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of smoked black fruits, caramelized blackcurrants, leady herbs, ground pepper, and earth. It's deep, rich, massively concentrated, and a powerhouse of a wine that’s going to need bottle age, but wow, what a wine! Inner quote mark (12/2018)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A gorgeous core of steeped raspberry, boysenberry and fig fruit gives this a showy side. A lush structure flows underneath, while long echoes of warm ganache, black tea and espresso linger. The fruit keeps this in the suave and alluring camp overall, though there’s plenty of grip for cellaring. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Impressively deep aromas of graphite, tar, dark plums, blackberries, chocolate, pepper and all manner of baking spices. The palate has a super rich and attractive feel with smooth tannins, saturated in blackberry and chocolate flavors. This has such dramatic depth and youthful power still. Try from 2023. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Côte Rôtie Château d'Ampuis is remarkably dense and concentrated, packed with dark fruit and rich tannins. It's full-bodied and supple on the mid-palate, adding hints of vanilla, espresso and dried spices on the long, velvety finish. Give it another 3-4 years in the cellar, then drink it over the next two decades. (JC) 95+ Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant violet. Powerful, smoke-tinged dark berry preserve, candied violet, olive and fruitcake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a spicy element with air. Palate-staining blackberry, cherry liqueur, bitter chocolate and floral pastille flavors are sharpened by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Surprisingly light on its feet given the depth of flavor and power. Finishes extremely long and floral, with steadily building tannins and a sneaky touch of exotic spices. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is a blend of fruit from seven of Guigal’s old-vine parcels in Côte-Rôtie, fermented in stainless-steel tanks for four weeks, then aged in new oak barrels for 38 months. The wood influence is strident right now, in both spicy, smoky scents as well as in grippy, dry tannins. But the fruit is ripe and rich enough to push against those wood tannins, promising to overtake them in time. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark There's a good sense of aromatic purity here with appealing red berry fruits, and the oak isn't overly obtrusive on the nose. Medium-bodied, pure and fresh on the palate, with vibrancy if not great depth. Good sense of finesse to the tannins with well balanced acidity. Impressive craftsmanship with a medium length finish, ending on a coffee bean and vanilla pod note. A blend of 7 plots across the Côte Blonde and Côte Brune. Fermented in stainless steel, 38 months in new French oak barriques. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Beef, dark chocolate, pepper, clove and black olives. Softer tannins than their Brune et Blonde, and stronger fragrance on the finish. Impeccable balance, where the oak is woven into the fruit seamlessly. 18/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

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