Guigal Château d'Ampuis - complete vertical tasting of 1995-2009 (Stockholm): Medium red, rather compact colour. Nose with blackberries, ripe cherries, cloves; after some time in the glass mint notes emerge. Palate with blackberries, ripe cherries, powerful concentration, pepper, powerful but well embedded and velvety medium+ tannins. A large-size wine on the palate, but young; it is somewhat drinkable now, but isn't fully open for business and indicates that it is in a "dumb phase", give it time, 94+ p.
This wine is slightly more flowery and more elegant than the 2007 Château d'Ampuis, but currently more discrete in the nose. When I tasted this wine about a year ago it was more expressive, so it has obviously closed down more than the 2007 Ampuis since then.
Sloppy Seconds Mondo Tasting (Bin 75): Almost exact notes to the previous bottle but my impression was more of 96 than a 97 on September 27th. Obviously extremely young and lots of potential, but this drinks really well with a few hour decant. Had to bring this to tonight's tasting because of the craving I experienced after the last time- had to get my fix.
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