This will be one tasting note for the 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The grapes for this wine are not destemmed and the wine ages for 12 months in 40% new oak and 60% in one year old barrels. In the bouquet all vintages are more or less the same and show red and dark berries, minerals, blood, bacon, pepper and are rustic. Especially the 2007 and 2009 also have some sweet impressions in the nose and of course the 2004 shows some development. On the palate the wines have the same impressions as in the bouquet as well as some iron. In the 2012 the minerals are quite up front and the wine is more tight than the 2009 and also lighter. It has good acidity and sticky tannin. The 2009 has a pleasant touch of sweetness which is beautifully balanced by good acidity, also a lot of minerals and more smooth tannin than the 2012. The 2007 has mainly dark fruits, also minerals and iron as well as some licorice. A touch of sweetness, firm acidity and good tannin. The 2004 is mature now and also shows some herbs, a nice balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin. Concluding: 2012: Elegant wine, still too young. Wait until 2018 and drink until 2024+? 91 2009: Beautiful and tasty wine. Early maturity now, but can last another decade. 92 2007: Beautifully structured wine, showing what it has. Ready now and approx. until 2020. 91 2004: A fairly light and elegant style, completely ready now and the next few years. 90
Tasted blind. Textbook Cote Rotie. All 7 tasters at the table knew where we were at. Only a couple thought another region of the Northern Rhone. Iron, blood, bacon, blueberries, and tons of granite. Silky, mouth filling, yet elegant. Decanted 2 hours prior to drinking. Just so happened to have another Cote Rotie that evening tasted blind as well. 2005 Guigal D'Ampuis. The Guigal didn't hold a candle to this wine this night. (I find that often the case with D'Ampuis. Perennial underachiever.) Wonderful example of negociant wine done right. Bravo!
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