2018 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."
Lastly, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis is going to flirt with perfection and is about as classic Côte Rôtie as they come. Lots of cassis, graphite, spring flowers, vanilla, and game notes all give way to a full-bodied Côte Rôtie that’s flawlessly balanced, has silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This will be another stunning vintage for this wine that readers can find for a fraction of the cost of the top La Las. It’s worth the money. 97-100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Built along the lines of the 2015, the 2018 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is full-bodied, rich, ripe and concentrated. It seems awfully easy to drink right now, yet I'm confident the underlying structure will be revealed in time. Vanilla and mocha notes accent huge fruit—a mix of blueberries and raspberries—finishing plush and long
The very deep, smoky and spicy nose pulls you into this very concentrated, focused and elegant Cote-Rotie, with delicate notes of coconut and pomegranate adding to the very complex picture. Very long, polished finish with delicate sweetness and underplayed power. Drink or hold.