This morning we are delighted to offer one of our absolute favourite wines of the illustrious Guigal range, the 2017 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis. 2017 marks the third vintage in an excellent series of vintages in the Northern Rhone and one which Rhone aficionado Jeb Dunnuck has admired in particular for its “terrific balance and elegance [….] with Côte Rôtie being a standout.” As one has come to expect, the Chateau d’Ampuis has earned it top mark in 2017, with its best score yet from Dunnuck who bestowed it with an outstanding 96-99 points, highlighting “I loved the 2017 Côte Rôtie Château D’Ampuis. It’s a ripe, expressive barrel sample overflowing with notions of black raspberries, cassis, vanilla bean, and incense” and further making the claim that this cuvée, which is a blend of Guigal’s top seven estate vineyards, possesses a quality which is “just as high as the single vineyard releases, making it a terrific value.” Furthermore, with a price today upon release of just £425 per case of six or £430 if purchasing 3 magnums, the Guigal d’Ampuis has once again secured its title as one of the best value wines of the Northern Rhone from the brilliant 2017 vintage.
The namesake Chateau d’Ampuis is an ancient fort located in the town of Ampuis, which was built in the 12th Century and later transformed iinto a Renaissance Chateau in the 16th Century style. In fact the Chateau is sited amongst great Cote Rotie vines and bordered by the Rhone River itself. It became the headquarters of the Guigal Estate when they purchased it in 1995, while the cellars and offices remain in the village itself.
This limited production Cote-Rotie is a blend of Guigal’s top seven estate vineyards, all of which touch upon the famed La Las vineyards’; La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque. The single vineyards of Le Grande Plantee, Le Clos and Le Garde surround La Mouline; La Pavillon Rouge, Le Moulin and La Pommiere surround La Turque and La Viria sits to the east of La Landonne. The vineyards around La Mouline have an average age of 80 years and contain a significant percentage of Viognier. The vines touching La Turque have a similar age, while La Viria was re-planted in 2000. It is also extraordinary to think there are only 600 metres that separate all of these vineyards.
Each site is vinified separately in exactly the same manner as the single vineyard sites with four full years in new French oak before release. With roughly 2,500 cases produced per annum, Chateau d’Ampuis has become a firm favourite of Rhone collectors in the know, as well a wine which very often sells out upon release. This most recent 2017 vintage is certainly one of their finest to date and we would expect demand to be high so please do not hesitate in getting in touch to secure your case right away.