2003 Guigal Cote Rotie D'Ampuis
E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis 2003
Even though there's loads of fig, mocha and spice up front, this is really holding back, with a dense core of tar, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet cocoa held in check by some serious grip. The minerality is also there, and this should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2009 through 2018. 1,500 cases made.
by James Molesworth, May 15, 2007
2003 E. Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis
Deep ruby. Fresh raspberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by floral and roasted herb accents. Silky in texture, with deep, jammy dark fruit flavors and subtle bracing acidity. Impressively fresh for the vintage, finishing sweet and very long. 92 points
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 07
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2003 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis
Starting with the 2003 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis, which comes from a blend of estate vineyards, it offers fabulous depth and richness, with off the hook aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, violets, espresso, vanilla bean and cured meats. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright hedonistic on the palate, with loads of texture, it still needs another 3-5 years in the cellar, but will evolve for a decade or more after that. Rated 96 points.
by Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com #212, April 2014
A wine worth filling up the trunk of the car with is the 2003 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis. This is staggering wine and as profound as most of the single vineyard Cote Roties are in some other vintages. The wine has a deep ruby/purple color and an extraordinary nose of smoky bacon fat and roasted meats, tapenade, black raspberry, cherry, and cassis. The intense aromatics are followed by equally thick, unctuous flavors with huge body, a voluptuous texture, and yet wonderful freshness, purity, and length. This is an amazing wine made from a remarkable blend of some of the best parcels in Cote Rotie – La Garde, La Clos, Grande Plantee, Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin. This wine should evolve for 20 or more years, but will never be undrinkable. Rated 96+ points.
by Robert Parker, Issue #170, April 2007
--The Wine Advocate
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.
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