"Château d'Ampuis"

Soil type

7 exceptional terroirs : Le Clos "Côte Blonde", La Garde "Côte Blonde", La Grande Plantée "Côte Blonde", La Pommière "Côte Brune", Le Pavillon Rouge "Côte Brune". Le Moulin "Côte Brune" La Viria "Côte Brune"

Grape variety

95% Syrah, 5% Viognier.

Average age of vines

50 years Vines planted in the 16th century.

Winemaking

Closed stainless steel tanks. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation, 4 week maceration..

Ageing

38 months in new oak.

Average yield

12 Hl / hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Deep dark colour with mauve tints.
Nose : Spices, black fruits and delicate oak aromas. A dense, expressive and intense nose.
Palate : A tannic and racy wine. Aromas of prunes, blackberry and vanilla. Powerful, concentrated and structured palate.
Overall : A wine from a tannic and muscular vintage due to the hot climate. Solid tannins, well rounded by long oak ageing.

Vintages 2003

 

Wine Advocate #170 - Apr 2007

Score : 96+ 

A wine worth filling up the trunk of the car with is the 2003 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis. This is staggering wine and as profound as most of the single vineyard Cote Roties are in some other vintages. The wine has a deep ruby/purple color and an extraordinary nose of smoky bacon fat and roasted meats, tapenade, black raspberry, cherry, and cassis. The intense aromatics are followed by equally thick, unctuous flavors with huge body, a voluptuous texture, and yet wonderful freshness, purity, and length. This is an amazing wine made from a remarkable blend of some of the best parcels in Cote Rotie – La Garde, La Clos, Grande Plantee, Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin. This wine should evolve for 20 or more years, but will never be undrinkable. Drink: 2007 - 2027. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - May 15, 2007

Score: 94

Even though there's loads of fig, mocha and spice up front, this is really holding back, with a dense core of tar, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet cocoa held in check by some serious grip. The minerality is also there, and this should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2009 through 2018. 1,500 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 06

Score :  92-94

Dense, rich and smoky on the nose, with scents of cassis and dark cherry. Quite sweet and powerful in the mouth, with impressively lush and concentrated dark berry flavors complemented by exotic oak spices and roasted coffee. A thick, luscious wine that is strongly influenced by flavors from the La Pommiere vineyard in the Cote Brune, which is adjacent to La Turque. Josh Raynolds.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 07

Score : 92

Deep ruby. Fresh raspberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by floral and roasted herb accents. Silky in texture, with deep, jammy dark fruit flavors and subtle bracing acidity. Impressively fresh for the vintage, finishing sweet and very long. Josh Raynolds.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

20 years

Food and wine matching

Game, red meat and cheese.
E.GUIGAL S.A.S. - CHÂTEAU D'AMPUIS - F69420 AMPUIS - Phone : +33(0)4.74.56.10.22 - Legal informations
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