“One of the world’s greatest wine estates” producing “some of the greatest wines money can buy” is how Jeb Dunnuck describes the Rhone Valley’s iconic Guigal estate. Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal and holding prime vineyards all over the Rhône, the heartland of Guigal’s production is in Cote-Rotie & Hermitage where the Guigal wines come with legendary reputations. The estate is maybe best known for their single vineyard “La-La” wines, La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne.

Lesser known is Guigal’s Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis, which is handled in exactly the same way as the single vineyard wines and, as Dunnuck says “in top years, it’s quality can be just as high as the single vineyard releases, making it a terrific value”.

Todays we’re excited to offer Guigal’s Cote-Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis 2018.

A blend of Syrah 93% / Viognier 7% and produced from seven of the most exceptional plots of the domain (La Garde, Le Clos, Grande-Plantee, Pommiere, Pavillon, Le Moulin, and La Viria lieux-dits), Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis sees 38 months in new French oak with around 5000 cases produced each vintage. Click HERE for a fascinating Google Earth flyby of each vineyard location.

Jeb Dunnuck was “blown away” by this 2018 release stating it is “certainly in the same league as the famed La Las” and awards a fantastic 97-99 points.

There is a lot of bang for your buck with the Château d’Ampuis, especially when considering a points/cost comparison alongside the La Las:

 

Wine JD Score Price per 6 IB
Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis 2018 97-99 £360
Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 2018 97-100 £1,550
Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 2018 98-100 £1,550
Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2018 98-100 £1,550

 

Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis 2018 (6x75cl)
£360 per case IB

97-99 Points | 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.
On Guigal:
This reference point estate was created in 1946 by Etienne Guigal and has been one of the world’s greatest wine estates for over seven decades now. Today, it’s Etienne’s son, Marcel Guigal, and his son Philippe, who continue to keep Domaine Guigal at the leading edge of the appellation. As I’ve written in the past, one of my highlights tasting each year is with this team, which now also includes Jacques Desvernois, who was previously at Paul Jaboulet Aîné. As normal, due to the long élevage of most cuvées, we taste through four vintages of each of the main releases. The top Côte Rôties see (and have always seen) a full four years in new French oak, and even their larger production Southern Rhônes see extended time in oak. While a lot is said about the extended élevage in new oak, I don’t know anyone who tastes mature examples of these wines regularly who has any doubts about the genius here. In short, these single vineyard Côte Rôties and Hermitages are some of the greatest wines money can buy.

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