More ripe, voluptuous and decadent, the 2009 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis offers rocking dark fruits, cured meats, dried flowers, licorice and toasty/graphite-like qualities to go with a full-bodied, pedal-to-the-metal style on the palate. Gaining more and more freshness as it sat in the glass, this prodigious effort can be consumed anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
The spectacular 2009 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis boasts a dense purple color along with abundant aromas of incense, charcoal, lavender, black raspberries, lard/bacon fat, licorice and background toast. This rich, full-bodied, tannic, massive Cote Rotie begs for 2-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades thereafter. Marcel Guigal believes it is the finest Chateau d'Ampuis made to date (the debut was 1995).
|Score: 95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (204), December 2012|
The 2009 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis should turn out to be spectacular. Its dense purple color is accompanied by notes of camphor, incense, jammy black raspberries and blackberries, smoky barbecue, charcoal, graphite and licorice. Full-bodied, succulent and opulent, this flamboyant vintage has produced a stunning Cote Rotie that can be drunk young or cellared for two decades or more.
|Score: 94/97||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (198), December 2011|
A broad, muscular style, with a distinctive mix of roasted mesquite
and apple wood out front, followed by lush raspberry confiture,
crushed plum and blackberry fruit flavors. There's ample depth,
with smoldering tobacco, juniper and mocha all mixed on the
finish. Relies primarily on bass and pumps along nicely. Best from
2015 through 2035.
|Score: 96||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider (33), August 2013|