e. guigal, cote rotie, d'ampuis 2004
A very fine effort for the vintage, with slightly mature hints of coffee and sage mingling with a core of black cherry, incense and iron. The long, fine-grained finish still has good grip, but is also plenty supple, with a lingering hint of incense. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The first vintage to be bottled with the engraved bottle, the 2004 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is a clean, classy, balanced and medium-bodied effort that gives up classic black fruits, pepper and smoke intermixed with notions of olive tapenade, underbrush and game. Beautifully complex, elegant and seamless, drink it over the coming 5 to 7 years.