The La-La's Not So Little Brother: 09 Guigal Cote-Rotie D’Ampuis

Posted by Joe Salamone

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 or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
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)."