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Community Tasting Notes (23) Avg Score: 89.9 points

  • Initially intensive spiciness with lots of almost synthetic fruitiness. Lots of dark berries, blackcurrants, blackberries together with light smoke, smoked sausages, raw meat, stable floor and gravel. This is surprisingly fresh and vibrant for it's age even though there is some tertiary aromas present. Dried fruit, a bit of leather and a little tobacco.

    Medium+ acidity with distinct dryness but without any noticeable tannins. Medium+ intensity and a medium+ length. A slender body that comes with the age and a dry finish.

    I enjoyed this a lot, even though I would have wanted a bit more depth in the nose. Had it together with the 2006 d'Ampuis.

    Felt more mature on the palate than on the nose. Have a bottle of this in my own cellar that I will try to open fairly soon.

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  • Decanted for about 1 hour, fruit and tannins very subdued especially at first, earthy and charcoal notes prominent, finish flat but improved over the course of the hour.

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  • Just incredible nose of smoked meat, black raspberries, crushed rocks with some pepper in the background, palate is so smooth and elegant with a finish that lasts for ever just wow an amazing drinking experience

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  • Guigal Château d'Ampuis - complete vertical tasting of 1995-2009 (Stockholm): Medium red with some brown in the core, brick edge. Nose of dark berries, green notes, stable or barn aromas with used straw in need of changing, somewhat agressive notes, but also clearly developed. Palate with dark berries, medium concentration, rather mild spices, medium tannins, tart/acidic aftertaste. The palate shows some tendency of having tired, but still shows better balance than the nose. Lean and classical but with a nose that I find disturbing; fully developed and has probably started to go downhill, 87 p.

    A highly controversial wine. 13 participants voted for best and worst wine of the flight (six vintages of Ampuis), and this wine ended up getting 7 best and 5 worst votes. I was in the "worst" camp. Those who liked it seemed to think that it showed wonderful development, while those of us who were less impressed with some rather aggressive notes that didn't limit themselves to the type of green notes that can be found in many Côte-Rôties, although less often in the wines of Guigal.

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  • really thought this wine showed very well, the nose had nice tobacco, hint of meat, dark fruit undertones and i picked up some floral/perfume component, palate was quite elegant and wonderfully balanced decent finish, while note quite the traditional style it’s still a really well made wine

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88, (See more on Vinous...)

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