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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 31 
ProducerE. Guigal (web)
DesignationChâteau d'Ampuis
SubRegionNorthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D`Ampuis on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 12/16/2014: On day two its just darn knarly. As Bill notes "it smells old in a bad way." (902 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 12/15/2014: Well, its definitely mature. Not sure I have ever seen a Guigal Cote Rotie of this pale a color. It actually reminds me of '02 Yarra Yering Shiraz. In a good way if you know that producers style. Just opened. We shall see if it fills in at all. (869 views)
 Tasted by Vintomas on 10/26/2013 & rated 89 points: Guigal Château d'Ampuis - complete vertical tasting of 1995-2009 (Stockholm): Medium red with slightly faded edge. Nose with blackberries, ripe strawberries, some developed notes with some leather, spice and pepper, slightly flowery. A rather elegant nose that actually gives me some Pinot Noir vibes. Palate with ripe strawberries, some dark berries, a berry-dominated and medium(+) concentrated impression, noticeably spicy with pepper, medium(+) tannins and slightly tough aftertaste. Rather fully developed, rather good balance but not as impressive as many other vintages; the tannins also come through a bit much, 89 p.
For a vintage that was plagued by rain at harvest time, this is a good wine, but most other Ampuis vintages are clearly better. Intresting enough, I don't find any green notes in it, which is something I would have expected from a vintage of this character. (2044 views)
 Tasted by Axone on 10/20/2013 & rated 93 points: Après des expériences décevantes sur le Château d'Ampuis sur les millésimes 1999, 2001 et 2003, je n'attendais pas grand chose de cette bouteille.

Erreur, elle était splendide, avec un joli fruit, une bonne concentration et un boisé bien intégré.
Très belle surprise, et bravo à la famille Guigal qui a su se jouer du millésime et a réalisé là un très beau 2002. (1570 views)
 Tasted by budh on 6/24/2013 & rated 90 points: Medium garnet color. Aromas definitely evolved over time. Started off with lots of dark fruit - blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, and some earth and barnyard. Later it became predominantly cherry and baking spice, with some leather, tobacco and oak. On the palate, medium body, high acidity, medium tannin, long finish. With the cherry and high acidity, I might almost mistake this for a Pinot. This one takes a lot of air time to mellow out to where the acidity doesn't dominate. (1883 views)
 Tasted by up4wine on 6/9/2013 & rated 91 points: I got chocolate, butterscotch, pepper, grenache fruit, with a round fullness of a very good wine, but not all at the same time. This wine continuously evolved in nose and palate. The finish was long and plentiful. The balance was even and seemed to be fully on the mark. I thoroufhly enjoyed this wine. This wine seems to be at its peak, but may hold for several more years. If you got it, I would not wait to enjoy it. (1605 views)
 Tasted by Whinojb on 9/2/2012 & rated 90 points: Bottle in great shape. Slight bicking on rim. Nose of red ripe fruit with earth and savory specs. Palette was thin (vintage perhaps) but got the syrah white pepper that I love so much. I liked this wine a lot. Decent finish. (2432 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 7/17/2011 & rated 85 points: 2nd Technical tasting course #5 (Wine Road Tel-Aviv): (blind tasting)
dark red-brown, lighter rim
very ripe cherries aroma
over oxidized wine - probably a bottle variation (2731 views)
 Tasted by Gizmo2011 on 7/12/2011 & rated 93 points: mouth still bit tannic and hursh, excellent acidity, earthy and floral (2429 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 6/26/2011 & rated 91 points: 2nd Technical tasting course #2 (Wine Road Tel-Aviv): (blind tasting)
light red with brown rim
fruity, roasted meat, tannic greenery, candy, and animalic sausage aromas.
full body, bitter & round medium tannin, nice acidity, fruity flavors, balanced harmony, long and fine after taste. (2589 views)
 Tasted by PhDP on 3/20/2010: Invited by Wednesday Wine Club (Shampers, London, UK): tbc (2848 views)
 Tasted by ebrown35 on 2/12/2010 & rated 92 points: Slow Ox'ed, decanted, vinituri'ed for two hours. Medium garnet with ever so slight bricking at the edge. Gorgeous nose of blue fruit, flowers, bacon fat, tar, and tapenade. On the palate, delicious blueberry, iron, medium midpalate, great supporting acidity, round tannins and a mid finish. Overall lacking a bit of structure but a nice wine that is hitting its peak. (2229 views)
 Tasted by balassis on 3/8/2009 & rated 93 points: Dinner at home with Costas, Vassilis, Marilena and George.
Decanted for about 2 hours.
Garnet in color.
At the beginning a bit shy nose, but it was evolved into the glasses.
Scents of licorice, bitter almond, eucalyptus, smoke and black fruits.
Medium to full bodied with flavors of wild cherries, burnt wood, chocolate, cinnamon, and leather. Still harsh tannins.
The finish lasts about 30 sec.
Very refined wine and I Think it will improve by the time.
Very good work of Guigal for a difficult vintage in Rhone Valley.
Paired very well with veal cooked with potatoes and spicy tomato sauce and because of this pairing it was the WOTN alongside Octavius 2001. (2476 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130
(E. Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/24/2006)
(Guigal, Ch d’Ampuis Côte Rôtie Red) Subscribe to see review text.
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and JancisRobinson.com. (manage subscription channels)

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E. Guigal

Producer website - Read more about E. Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape
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Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.


Guide to Cote Rotie

• The Appellation cover three com­munes - Saint-Cyr-sur-Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-Semons - on the right Rhône river bank, within the Rhône "département".

• Soils : In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune, consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of fer­ruginous mica schists which are cove­red with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation.

• Climate : tempered continental. Dry, hot summers and frequent rain­falls during the other seasons. History : one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans. It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequea­thed a hillside to each of his daughters, one was brunette and the other fair. Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde".

• Area planted : 230 hectares (568 acres), for an annual production of 8,400 hectoli­ters (93,333 cases). Authorized maximum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2,3 US tons/acre).

• Grape Varieties : Syrah (80% mini­mum). An addition of up to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop is allowed.

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