2006 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis
Syrah - 750ML

  • RR 95
  • WA 95
  • IWC 93
  • WS 92

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Reg: $159.94

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RR 95
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, May 2010
Every bit as good as the '05 the 2006 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis has knockout aromatics of cassis smoke fried meat and perfumed delicate floral notes. With air subtle classy oak notes show up. The palate is... Every bit as good as the '05 the 2006 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis has knockout aromatics of cassis smoke fried meat and perfumed delicate floral notes. With air subtle classy oak notes show up. The palate is medium to full bodied with stunning fruit a full texture edgy acidity and a focused long finish. Fleshy and softer than the '05 this should evolve for 3 to 5 years and then drink well over the following 15+.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
Just as good, yet more classic in style, the 2006 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis offers up full-bodied richness and loads of texture to go with knockout aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, licorice, violets and assorted... Just as good, yet more classic in style, the 2006 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis offers up full-bodied richness and loads of texture to go with knockout aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, licorice, violets and assorted wild flower-like qualities. It has fabulous purity, solid mid-palate concentration and great acidity. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2011
Vivid ruby. Red and dark berry preserves and spice cake on the nose, with complicating floral qualities that gain strength with air. Very fresh, with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors supported by a firm... Vivid ruby. Red and dark berry preserves and spice cake on the nose, with complicating floral qualities that gain strength with air. Very fresh, with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors supported by a firm spine of minerality. Fine-grained and nimble, with admirable finishing clarity and precision.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2010
Still a touch tight this builds slowly with tangy red and black currant fruit married to dark olive notes. There's a tarry edge on the finish with lingering iron and espresso notes that gain steam nicely as they air in... Still a touch tight this builds slowly with tangy red and black currant fruit married to dark olive notes. There's a tarry edge on the finish with lingering iron and espresso notes that gain steam nicely as they air in the glass. Drink now through 2019. 2500 cases made. -JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 2006

Label

This wine is named for the historic Chateau d’Ampuis estate which the Guigal family acquired in 1995. It is produced from 7 exceptional terroirs where vine age averages 50 years, showcasing the best that Cote-Rotie has to offer. The wine is a blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, aged for 38 months in new oak.

Winery

Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.