Grape: 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier. Region: France> Rhone Valley> Cote Blonde & Cote Brune. Notes: Old vines (over 50yrs), 38 months in new French oak.
Description: The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhône appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value. The Guigal family spent 15 years restoring Château d’Ampuis, a historic property whose oldest sections date back to the 11th century. The Château d’Ampuis has been the symbol of the town of Ampuis and the world- renowned Côte-Rôtie vineyard area for ten centuries. Philippe Guigal calls 2016 a ‘classic’ vintage for this cuvée, with expected aging potential of 25 years or more.
"However let me be clear, this wine is beautiful now and I expect it to age gracefully and become a showstopper between 2026 to 2035. We tasted this wine over a course of 10 hours and it just kept improving, really seamless. Deep purple color with buttered toffee, black plum, and eggplant skin, and cassis. Upon entry the wine displays full-bodied character without being clumpy. The tannins are super polished and very fine with excellent acid/ alcohol balance. Loads of black cherry, cocoa, and baking spice with undertones of citrus-stone, cilantro, and a touch of leather.
Food pairings: Beef, duck, roasted game, pork belly, mushroom dishes, lamb, camembert, brie (soft cheeses), steak, venison, etc.