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Côte-Rôtie

"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

Syrah 93%, Viognier 7%.

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

35 Hl/Hectare.

Average annual production

About 27.000 bottles.

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.
Imprimer

Vintages 2010

 

eRobertParker.com #216 - Dec 2014

Score : 99

More closed than when I tasted it earlier this year, the 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is an incredible effort that’s made from 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Coming from the estate’s top sites and aged 38 months in new oak, it has no problem standing beside the top three single-vineyard releases. Crème de cassis, vanilla bean, smoked meats and licorice all flow to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, structured Cote Rotie that needs another 5-6 years of bottle age, but will keep for 2-3 decades. Jeb Dunnuck.

 

Wine Advocate #214 - Aug 2014

Score :  99

The 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is an off-the-hook effort that easily competes with the more expensive single-vineyard releases. Seamless, gorgeously pure and seriously concentrated and full-bodied, it’s an insanely gorgeous Syrah offers layers of creme de cassis, vanilla bean, creamy licorice and smoked meat aromas and flavors. Still a baby, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, at which point it should offer another two decades or more of longevity. Don’t miss this beauty!  Jeb Dunnuck.

 

Wine Spectator - Issue: Oct 15, 2014

Score: 97

Top 100: 2014, Rank: 77
 
Rock-solid, offering dark currant and blackberry paste flavors that race along, thanks to well-embedded graphite and charcoal notes. The finish lets warm fruitcake, plum skin and singed juniper details fill in, with plenty of grip. Mouthwatering acidity and a long echo of sweet tapenade keep this racy and defined. Best from 2015 through 2035. 2,200 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Bettane+Desseauve

Score : 18/20

Une note de fût toasté trouble un peu l’harmonie du nez (cela se fondra dans 5 ans) mais la bouche est sensationnelle de tendresse, de soyeux, de persistance, avec un sentiment de vendanges rentrées à maturité idéale. 

 

Consumption

A garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

20 years

Food and wine matching

Game, red meat and cheese.

The cooperage

of the domain

Producing

exceptional wines