E. Guigal Château d'Ampuis Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2005

$119

If the 2006 represents a 1991-ish feminine offering, the 2005 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is a macho, masculine-styled effort. Dense, concentrated, and powerful, with gamy black currant, spice box, bacon fat, and herb notes, this chewy, tannic, enormously promising requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following two decades or more. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Brash Higgins Delectable Pro

Oak still in the foreground, still soft and approachable

Oak still in the foreground, still soft and approachable

9.2

Carlo Mondavi Delectable Pro

Owner/Winegrower RAEN Winery, Partner Continuum

2005

2005

9.2

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Bloody meat, dark spice, red and black plums. Great acidity all throughout.

Bloody meat, dark spice, red and black plums. Great acidity all throughout.

9.2

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

Elegant and beautifully built-up with its classic combination of red berries, cassis, all-spice, cloves and bay leafs and meat stock flavors, framed by toasty oak and grainy tannins, finishing fresh and mineral-lazed.

Elegant and beautifully built-up with its classic combination of red berries, cassis, all-spice, cloves and bay leafs and meat stock flavors, framed by toasty oak and grainy tannins, finishing fresh and mineral-lazed.

9.5

Evan Frazier Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Ferdinand Wines

The Guigal was the most expensive and the best wine of the flight. Not necessarily my favorite but the best.

The Guigal was the most expensive and the best wine of the flight. Not necessarily my favorite but the best.

8.7

Jon Maxwell Delectable Pro

Founder Veritas Wine Consulting

Hmm. Wouldn't think Cote-Rotie in a hundred years. Shocker... Until you find out it's Guigal. Well made, certainly, but big and chocolaty... Cherry candy. Not my cup. Seems it could be from anywhere.

Hmm. Wouldn't think Cote-Rotie in a hundred years. Shocker... Until you find out it's Guigal. Well made, certainly, but big and chocolaty... Cherry candy. Not my cup. Seems it could be from anywhere.

8.1

Evan Bienstock

05 Ampuis, and in a perfect spot. With Coq au Vin... tres bien.

05 Ampuis, and in a perfect spot. With Coq au Vin... tres bien.

9.4

Evan Bienstock

2005 in a just perfect spot right now. Soft, elegant, balanced.

2005 in a just perfect spot right now. Soft, elegant, balanced.

9.4

Michael Dierberg

Can’t tell whether it is disappointing or just too early to drink. Still a bit rough around the edges and darker fruited than I would have expected. Maybe elegance will come with time.

Can’t tell whether it is disappointing or just too early to drink. Still a bit rough around the edges and darker fruited than I would have expected. Maybe elegance will come with time.

9.0

Anderson Price

Still quite young. Decant for at least 4 hours.

Still quite young. Decant for at least 4 hours.

9.2

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