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Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2018 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


97-99 Jeb Dunnuck -
I was blown away by the 2018 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis, which is certainly in the same league as the famed La Las. Coming from seven single vineyards and seeing the same upbringing as the flagship releases, this reveals a vivid purple hue as well as stunning aromatics of cassis, smoked game, spring flowers, and subtle smoke. It has background espresso-laced oak that’s perfectly integrated, it’s full-bodied, and it has ripe, polished tannins and a great finish.
18/20 Jancis Robinson -
It's remarkable how much better this handles the new oak than their Brune et Blonde, which must be down to sheer fruit power. Rich fruit and juicy acidity giving a fresh finish. Richard Hemming, MW
96 James Suckling -
The very deep, smoky and spicy nose pulls you into this very concentrated, focused and elegant Cote-Rotie, with delicate notes of coconut and pomegranate adding to the very complex picture. Very long, polished finish with delicate sweetness and underplayed power. Drink or hold.
95+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Smoky, briary and complex, the 2018 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis spent 38 months in new oak, yet it still exudes notes of blackberries and blueberries, testament to the wine's ample concentration. It's full-bodied and rich yet silky and long, with hints of mocha and brown sugar appearing on the finish. It's another beautiful vintage of this cuvée, which combines fruit from seven different parcels (three on the Cote Blonde and four on the Cote Brune).

Technical Details

  • BlendSyrah
  • WinemakerPhilippe Guigal
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationCôte-Rôtie
  • Aging/Cooperage38 months in new French oak
  • Alcohol14.5%

Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis 2018 (Magnum 1.5L)

Rhone Blends  |  France
JD97-99, JR18/20, JS96, WA95+

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Ah, Guigal. Côte-Rôtie. Does it get any better? Jeb Dunnuck calls this “one of the world’s greatest wine estates for over seven decades,” and we fully agree. 95+, 96, and 97-99 scores attest to what we expected one sip in...this is one of the best Château d'Ampuis wines ever! And a BONUS deal of over $60 OFF on a 6-pack, Huzzah! Super-limited, but not to be missed!

What can we say, Guigal is just so very close to our hearts. Like so many, Marcel’s wines may have been your Côte-Rôtie epiphany back in the day, or perhaps one waiting to happen. Trust us, they have never been better. Just read the reviews below. We particularly love Dunnuck’s assertion that Guigal’s Ampuis falls “certainly in the same league as the famed La Las...” – meaning, of course, La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne (all falling at ~$400 each). If that quip doesn’t grab your attention...check your pulse.

Château d'Ampuis is a blend of their top seven estate vineyards in Côte-Rôtie, including the La Garde, Le Clos, Grande-Plantée, Pommière, Pavillon, Le Moulin, and La Viria lieux-dits. It sees prolonged aging of nearly four full years in new French oak and is handled exactly like the single vineyard “La Las” releases with a four-week maceration and fermentation prior to pressing. Ampuis is composed of 93% syrah and 7% viognier and is about as classic a Côte-Rôtie as you’ll ever taste. Powerfully aromatic notes of smoke, spice, and floral, bound together with deep bramble berries of black and blue, followed by earthy and oak-driven notes of black pepper and espresso...this is tremendously hedonistic, and yet dramatically elegant and silky. Perfect with a decant now, better still in a couple years!

This Château d'Ampuis is a personal favorite because, while at the level of the legendary La Las, especially in a great vintage like 2018, this is so much more approachable to your wallet. Incredible bang for the buck, yet with all of the power, the intensity, and the ageability, just immense.

The Guigal family spent 15 years restoring Château d'Ampuis, a historic property whose oldest sections date to the 11th century. The Chateau d’Ampuis has been the symbol of the town of Ampuis and the world-renowned Côte-Rôtie vineyard area for ten centuries. These seven exceptional vineyards from both sides of Cote-Rotie, three on the Côte Blonde and four on the Côte Brune, are further distinguished in that each vineyard adjoins one of the three Guigal single vineyard crus of La Mouline, La Landonne, or La Turque. That makes it all part of some of the greatest places to grow syrah anywhere in the world, and this lives up to every drop of hype! Secure as much as you can, you will not be sorry!

About the Producer

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment. Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. 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.