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The hallmark of Château d’Ampuis is an unbelievably seductive perfume full of sweet black fruits and spices, and an elegance despite the intense concentration of fruit (prunes, blackberry) and tannin. Château d’Ampuis defines what a great Côte-Rôtie should be with its beautiful balance, muscular complexity and length.
94 Points by Vinous
Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry pie, olive and pungent flowers are sharpened by a suggestion of peppery spices. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry cola and violet pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of star anise. Finishes pure, sweet and focused on the penetrating finish, showing outstanding focus and smooth tannins.
94 Points by James Suckling
A very intense and dark-fruited syrah that has bacon fat, blackberry, mocha and a whole swathe of baking spices on offer. The palate is super-succulent, long and juicy with fine but dense, chalky tannins. Super-long, dark-plum and mocha finish. The tautness here is impressive! Long life ahead. Try in 2022.
93 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Despite recent bottling, the 2014 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis looks considerably better than the 2013. It’s a bit closed on the nose, but it shows more concentration, a rich, velvety mouthfeel and a long finish. Cedar and herb notes accent red fruit in this charming middleweight that should be approachable young.
93 Points by Jeb Dunnuck
Brought up all in new oak and seeing the same élevage as the single vineyard cuvées, the 2014 Côte Rôtie Château D'Ampuis boasts terrific ripeness and depth, with a Burgundian style in its perfumed red and black fruits, spice box, and dried flower aromas and flavors. With medium body, fine tannins, and terrific balance, it’s not a blockbuster but a silky, elegant, complete Côte Rôtie to drink over the coming 10-12 years.