E. Guigal - 2005 - Chateau d'Ampuis - 750 ml.
France - Rhone - Cote-Rotie
Syrah - Viognier
Red - Vintage: 2005 - 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.
More masculine, backwards and concentrated, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is a full-bodied, structured effort that’s just barely starting to show some secondary nuances. Giving up notions of violet, asphalt, graphite, crushed rock, bacon fat and dried rose petal, it has impeccable balance, notable concentration and a big finish. It should hit prime time in another 2 to 3 years, and evolve gracefully through 2025.