We are delighted to be the first to release the stunning Guigal d’Ampuis 2013. We have been pushing this for a number of years, positing that it vies with Guigal’s single vineyard La Las, yet at a fraction of the price. The 2013 vintage in the Northern Rhone experienced warm days and cool nights, diurnal changes which lasted throughout the summer. This continued until rain kick started the harvest, which was one of the latest in history. As a result, the reds are very promising, offering balance, intensity and longevity. Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate has awarded Guigal d’Ampuis 2013 94-96 points, positing that ‘it’s a hidden gem in the vintage given its fabulous concentration and sweet tannin.’ At £325 per case of six, or £54 per bottle it certainly is. Guigal d’Ampuis is amongst the best value and truly great wines of the world, remarkable quality vs. value. We also have magnums available, which are worth securing, few are made and they are highly sought after.
Guigal d’Ampuis has become a favourite of Rhone collectors, a sell-out wine that rises in price after release, showing very appealing vintage premium. This is hardly surprising, with only 2,000 cases made a year, which is roughly equivalent to the La Las taken together. Its incredible consistently world beating scores means that d’Ampuis is a must buy wine, both for its immense quality and its investment potential.
*Vintages with 95 or more points.
Guigal purchased the famous Chateau d’Ampuis in 1995, an ancient fort built in the 12th Century and transformed it into a Renaissance Chateau in the 16th Century style. In fact the Chateau (photo below) is cited amongst great Cote Rotie vines and bordered by the Rhone River itself. It has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate, while the cellars and offices remain in the small village of Ampuis.
What is most interesting it is that around this privileged site herald the famed La Las vineyards’; La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque. Yet, alongside these three world famous single vineyard plots, Guigal owns seven other ancient plots which represent the best terrior of their Estate, each touching the vineyards of the La Las. 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 is only 600 metres that separate all of these vineyards.
These outstanding single vineyards are vinified and aged separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for four weeks and 38 months in a combination of 100% new French Barrique and Foudres. The final blend of d’Ampuis is 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Just two years ago we released d’Ampuis 2010 at £610 per full case, this trades today at £1,200 per full case, demonstrating that d’Ampuis is a wine to buy on release.
Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis 2013, 12×75 £650 IB or 6×75 £325 IB, 94-96 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
As expected, the 2013 Cote Rotie Château d’Ampuis is a more austere, firm and structured wine than either the 2011 or 2012, yet I still feel it’s a hidden gem in the vintage given its fabulous concentration and sweet tannin. Its inky purple color is followed by serious notes of cassis, graphite, crushed rock and cracked pepper. Medium to full-bodied, with fabulous purity, high, yet integrated acidity and a big finish, it will need 7-8 years of cellaring, but will handsomely reward patient consumers
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