Aged for 38 months in new oak. 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier. Beef, dark chocolate, pepper, clove and black olives. Softer tannins than their Brune et Blonde, and stronger fragrance on the finish. Impeccable balance, where the oak is woven into the fruit seamlessly. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Robert Parker 95.25
The 2015 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis is remarkably dense and concentrated, packed with dark fruit and rich tannins. It’s full-bodied and supple on the mid-palate, adding hints of vanilla, espresso and dried spices on the long, velvety finish. Give it another 3-4 years in the cellar, then drink it over the next two decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Brilliant violet. Powerful, smoke-tinged dark berry preserve, candied violet, olive and fruitcake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a spicy element with air. Palate-staining blackberry, cherry liqueur, bitter chocolate and floral pastille flavors are sharpened by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Surprisingly light on its feet given the depth of flavor and power. Finishes extremely long and floral, with steadily building tannins and a sneaky touch of exotic spices.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2033
Jeb Dunnuck 97
I loved the 2015 Côte Rôtie Château D’Ampuis from barrel, and this beauty does not disappoint from bottle. Coming from a handful of top sites, it’s made in the same fashion as the top La Las, seeing four years in new barrels. Deep purple-hued with a classic bouquet of black raspberries, jammy blackberries, acacia flowers, vanilla bean, and spice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a rounded, expansive mid-palate, sweet tannins, and a great, great finish. Savvy readers will stock up on this beauty. Give it 3-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades or more.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2043