Guigal Château d'Ampuis Côte-Rôtie Vertical 1995-2009
Domaine Guigal is the most famous producer of Cote Rotie in the Rhone valley. Guigal also produces great wines from a myriad of appellations in the Rhone valley including; Chateauneuf du Pape, Hermitage and Cote Rotie. The benchmark for quality in the appellation is set by Guigal Cote Rotie wines.
Guigal bought Chateau d'Ampuis in 1995 and produced their inaugural vintage the same year. The chateau, one of the jewels of the Renaissance, overlooks the Rhône River and is surrounded by grapevines in the heart of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. Annual production is slightly more than a mere 2,000 cases each year. The wine is vinified in temperature controlled, closed stainless steel tanks for about 4 weeks. Ampuis is aged for 38 months a combination of 100% new, French oak barrels and foudres. The wine is made from fruit that’s picked from 7 different vineyards with vines ranging from 25-75 years of age. The blend of Ampuis is usually close to 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Château d'Ampuis slots into Guigal's legendary range of Côte-Rôties immediately below the famous 'La-La' wines but priced a lot lower.
Vintages on Tasting: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Robert Parker on the 1999: The 1999 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is the finest example yet of this blend fashioned from six hillside vineyards (La Garde, La Clos, La Grande Plantee, La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin). Aged in both barrel and large foudre for 30 months prior to bottling, there are approximately 2,000 cases produced. The fabulous 1999 boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet nose of roasted herbs, bacon, licorice, smoke, blackberries, cherry liqueur, and toast. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured with hints of new saddle leather, tapenade, and creme de cassis, this large-scaled, well-delineated 1999 should hit its stride in 4-5 years, and last for two decades. (Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (147), June 2003)
In addition we shall taste the rare Guigal Condrieu Luminescence 2003 to top off the tasting.
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Course Date/Time: Mon 17th Nov 2014 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Fulham Wine Cellars