A real winner and a bit of a surprise. I typically find this cuvée a bit overdone. While it was beefy and full, there was a wonderful harmony of fruit and structure this evening. Drink at peak. Great finish - a complete wine. (94)
Guigal Château d'Ampuis - complete vertical tasting of 1995-2009 (Stockholm): Medium red with some brick edge. Nose with dark berries, spice, coffee, strong notes of leather and barnyard, rather strongly developed notes. Palate with dark berries, some sweetness of fruit, good concentration, fine mineral notes, noticeable spice notes with pepper, medium(+) tannins, long aftertaste with berries and tannin. Very fine balance and almost majestic in style! Rather fully developed, but should be able to take considerable additional cellaring. 93 p
Clearly a better bottle than when I tasted this wine last year.
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(E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis) Very dark red violet color with pale meniscus; lovely, tobacco, dried berry, earthy, leather, tobacco, clove, complex nose; rich, deep, big, youthful, plum, berry, baked berry, black fruit, chocolate palate; long finish 94+ pts.
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