e. guigal, cote rotie, d'ampuis 2014
JAMES SUCKLING
94
JEB DUNNUCK
93

2014 e. guigal, cote rotie, d'ampuis

Why We're Buying

Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis is the estate's fourth wine, taking its name from the site Guigal purchased in 1995. The wine is 93% syrah and 7% viognier, with grapes sourced from six vineyards. Wine critic Robert Parker called the 2010 vintage "an off-the-hook effort than easily competes with the more expensive single-vineyard releases."

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

A very intense and dark-fruited syrah that has bacon fat, blackberry, mocha and a whole swathe of baking spices on offer. The palate is super-succulent, long and juicy with fine but dense, chalky tannins. Super-long, dark-plum and mocha finish. The tautness here is impressive! Long life ahead. Try in 2022.

JEB DUNNUCK
93

Jeb Dunnuck

Brought up all in new oak and seeing the same élevage as the single vineyard cuvées, the 2014 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis boasts terrific ripeness and depth, with a Burgundian style in its perfumed red and black fruits, spice box, and dried flower aromas and flavors. With medium body, fine tannins, and terrific balance, it’s not a blockbuster but a silky, elegant, complete Côte Rôtie to drink over the coming 10-12 years.

VINOUS
94

Vinous

Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry pie, olive and pungent flowers are sharpened by a suggestion of peppery spices. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry cola and violet pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of star anise. Finishes pure, sweet and focused on the penetrating finish, showing outstanding focus and smooth tannins.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Despite recent bottling, the 2014 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis looks considerably better than the 2013. It’s a bit closed on the nose, but it shows more concentration, a rich, velvety mouthfeel and a long finish. Cedar and herb notes accent red fruit in this charming middleweight that should be approachable young.