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"Château d'Ampuis"

Produced from seven of the most exceptional plots of the domain, Château d’Ampuis is a classy wine with toasty aromas of black fruit. Its tannic structure and elegance contribute to its ageing potential.

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

93% Syrah, 7% Viognier.

Average age of vines

50 years Vines planted in the 16th century.


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


38 months in new oak.

Average yield

35 Hl/Hectare.

Average annual production

About 30.000 bottles.


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 2011


eRobertParker.com #216 - Dec 2014

Score : 94

Open, voluptuous and ready to go (especially when compared to the 2010), the 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis has stellar notes of cassis, vanilla bean, toasted spice and dried flowers to go with a full-bodied, sexy, seamless profile on the palate. Drink this beauty while you wait on your 2009s and 2010s. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Advocate #210- Dec 2013

Score : (91-94)

More spice-laced and approachable (which is common in the vintage), the 2011 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis (93% Syrah, 7% Viognier aged 38 months in 100% new French oak) offers full-bodied richness and texture to go with notions of kirsch, blackberry, cocoa, dried flowers and spice-box. Showing the vintage profile nicely, it will be reasonably approachable on release and have 12-15 years of longevity. Jeb Dunnuck.


Wine Spectator - Issue Web Only - 2015

Score: 94

Very focused, with a lovely beam of lightly steeped red currant, bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors that glides atop singed cedar, black tea and dried star anise notes. The long finish is very fine-grained. A gorgeous wine. James Molesworth.


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Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

20 years

Food and wine matching

Game, red meat and cheese.

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