Eye: Deep dark colour with mauve tints.
"Very dense, with espresso, maduro tobacco and a strong tarry edge leading the way for now, while a core of plum cake, hoisin sauce and steeped black currant broods in the background. The dense, ganache-filled finish demands cellaring. This is just a half step behind the La La bottlings now. Very impressive. Best from 2013 through 2024."
"The current release, the 2007 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis, is a complex, evolved, sexy effort revealing plenty of jammy black raspberry, bacon fat, licorice, new saddle leather and roasted herb characteristics. With sweet tannin, full body, a velvety texture, and an opulent, complex style, this beautifully balanced 2007 should age effortlessly for 10-15 years, but there is no reason to delay your gratification. "
"Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and potpourri, with a note of spice cake that gains volume with air. Lively and focused on the palate, which offers sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors as well as hints of cracked pepper and smoky herbs. Shows plenty of complexity now, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence. This wine displays the elegant, approachable character of the vintage."
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