2017 Guigal Chateau Dampuis
2017 Guigal Chateau Dampuis Deep and dark red. On the nose intensely aromatic, with black fruits and spices. The palate is full, round and sexy. Round and smooth tannins present through the full bodied, ample wine. Overall a complete wine, with a long finish, with elegance and finesse accompanying the abundance of fruit and well-balanced tannins.
This is one of my all-time favorite wines. The 1999 was a monumental wine moment for me. The wine floored me, like nothing I had tasted before and my love affair with the great Cote Rotie had started. These wines age better, develop incredible depth and flavors as they age and have soaring fruit concentration that boggles the mind. The greatest of all Cote Rotie are Guigal’s La Las. These three single vineyard wines Guigal La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque are legends in the wine world but are up there in price, in top vintages sell for $500 to $1000 per bottle. The wine that blew me away many years ago and the wine I offer you today is the 2017 Guigal Chateau d’Ampuis is a blend of Guigal’s single vineyards, in great vintages like 2017, 95pts Parker vintage, rivals the quality of the great single vineyards but comes in at a fraction of the price. The wine gets its name from actual Chateau d’Ampuis that was purchased by the Guigal family, one of the jewels of the Renaissance period overlooking the Rhone River and dating back to the 11th century. The 2017 d’Ampuis is an amazing wine, rated by Parker himself 96pts points which means it has a huge upside. Parker comments that the Guigal family is the modern world’s greatest testament to a family run winery. They continue to push the envelope greater and greater heights and 2010 d’Ampuis displays these virtues. What a wine! I highly recommend! Our price is strong. Definitely going into my cellar.
91 Robert Parker: The Guigals predict volumes of only 3.5 million bottles for the 2017 Cotes du Rhone, as good wine was harder to source than in 2016. It’s still bright and primary, with cherry fruit seeming a bit one-dimensional at this stage, although there’s a welcome hint of almond paste on the crisp finish. Range: 89-91