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.
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.
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.
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.
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