The La-La's Not So Little Brother
2009 Guigal Côte-Rôtie D’Ampuis
Marcel Guigal believes 2009 is the best edition of D'Ampuis ever.
Guigal has essentially defined Côte-Rôtie for much of the 20th Century. Calling the 2009 D'Ampuis the best ever is a big thing.
Today, I'm happy to offer a very small parcel of Guigal's 2009 Côte-Rôtie D'Ampuis at $104.95. This is a very small parcel and is only going out to a small group of Rhône supporters.
The single-vineyard "La La's" - La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque - are the blue-chip collectibles of Côte-Rôtie, commanding prices in excess of $400-500 a bottle for the current releases. Choice back-vintage bottlings can flirt with four-digit prices.
The Ampuis deserves to be considered in this context. This is not to say it is an equal, it is not. It is different. It tends to see a shorter élevage in wood; there's a bit more energy to D'Ampuis, it's less shy in showing its inherent complexity early on than the La La's.
In 2009, D'Ampuis was elevated to a new level. The concentration and power of the 2009 Rhône vintage pushed Guigal D'Ampuis to a different realm. It's always been an impressive wine, but in 2009 D'Ampuis is a don't miss. The value is just too great.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a small parcel and even though it's going to a limited group, this will likely sell out. Please give us your ideal order and we'll do our best.
To order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
2009 Guigal D’Ampuis
Robert Parker: "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)."