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Château d'Ampuis
Côte-Rôtie, 1996


Northern Rhône Valley

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750ml Bottle

"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. 

"Beautiful. Balanced, supple and silky. Full-bodied, it's delicious now thanks to the ripe, smooth tannins. Offers fresh blackberry and red berry flavors, with intense smoke and grilled character and a lively finish" 90 points Wine Spectator

Quick Facts
Winemaker (s)
Philippe Guigal
Château d'Ampuis
Red Wine
Grape (s)
95% Syrah
5 % Viognier
Rhône Valley
Northern Rhône Valley
Farming Practice
Bottle Size
750ml Bottle
Closure Type
Natural Cork
Food Pairing
Red Meat
Imported directly

Producer's Profile

Philippe Guigal

Château d'Ampuis

Philippe Guigal was born in France not far from Ampuis, in Vienne, on January 23, 1975. At the early age of 6, he was inspired by his grandfather and father who worked together. Throughout his childhood he often joined them in the cellars and frequently traveled to visit the vineyards in the Rhone Valley. In 1992, he started his studies in organic chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Lyon and five years later he obtained his oenologist degree from the University of Burgundy.

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Château d'Ampuis

Just one league away from the ancient city of Vienne, the Château d'Ampuis was positioned in an exceptionally favourable spot; nestled between the Rhône and the ancient vineyards of the Côte-Rôtie.
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