E. Guigal - 2003 - Chateau d'Ampuis - 750 ml.
France - Rhone - Cote-Rotie
Syrah - Viognier
Red - Vintage: 2003 - Size: 750 ml.
E. Guigal takes its name from Etienne Guigal, who founded the estate in 1946. Marcel Guigal, Etienne's son, took over the estate in 1961 when Etienne became disabled, and today the estate is run by Marcel, his son and wife. Considered one of the most outstanding producers of the Rhone Valley, the 109-acre estate is located in Ampuis, in the Northern Rhone Valley. Organic grape growing combined with late harvesting and low yields all help shape the wines, which include Cote Rotie, Ermitage red and white, and Condrieu. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called the estate's Cote Rotie consistently Òmind boggling," and has noted that the Òquality and distinctiveness of each (Guigal) wine is equaled in few other cellars in the world." Vineyards are planted to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane. About 65,000 bottles are produced annually.
A wine I’ve been lucky enough to have numerous times recently, the 2003 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is an off-the-hook effort that gives up plenty of plum sauce, smoked duck, licorice, tar, vanilla bean and violet aromas and flavors. Never acidified, it has awesome freshness and focus to go with full-bodied richness, a hedonistic texture and a blockbuster-styled finish. While it’s not for those craving delicate-styled aromas and textures, I think it’s a gorgeous effort that will continue to drink nicely over the coming decade or more.