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Château d'Ampuis,Côte-Rôtie

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Region: Rhône Valley
Refined Region: Northern Rhône Valley
Vintage: 1996
Grape Varieties:
Syrah 95% Viognier 5% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

€195.00

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
"Sadly, there are only 23,000 bottles (all aged in small oak) of the outstanding 1996 Côte-Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis, which was bottled in October, 1999. Its dark ruby/purple colour is followed by an intense nose of tapenade, dried herbs, licorice, leather, and black currants. The wine is nicely-textured, soft, with less acidity than most 1996 Côte-Rôties, and a layered, supple finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Robert Parker 90 points Wine Advocate.

The Domaine
The Guigal family have spent 15 years restoring Château 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, and today represents the family and astounding wines of Guigal. When the Guigal family learned that there was at one time a wine produced with the Chateau d'Ampuis name, they decided to produce an exceptional wine that would showcase the best that Côte-Rôtie has to offer.
Today, Château d’Ampuis is made from 7 exceptional vineyards from both sides of Côte-Rôtie, the Côte Blonde and the Côte Brune. These are exceptional vineyards, and in fact every vineyard is adjoining one of the three Guigal single vineyard crus, La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque.
Ampuis is composed of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, and aged in the same manner as the Guigal single-vineyard crus, for 36 months in new barrels that are all made at the estate. The hallmark of Chateau d'Ampuis is an unbelievably seductive perfume full of sweet red fruits, black fruits and spices, and an elegance despite the intense concentration of fruit. Chateau d'Ampuis defines what a great wine should be with its beautiful balance, complexity and length.

Press
"Sadly, there are only 23,000 bottles (all aged in small oak) of the outstanding 1996 Côte-Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis, which was bottled in October, 1999. Its dark ruby/purple colour is followed by an intense nose of tapenade, dried herbs, licorice, leather, and black currants. The wine is nicely-textured, soft, with less acidity than most 1996 Côte-Rôties, and a layered, supple finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Robert Parker 90 points Wine Advocate.

Food Pairing
Game, red meat and cheese.