Vinous – 96
Deep violet color. Energetic blueberry, black raspberry, potpourri and exotic spice qualities on the extroverted nose. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering sappy black and blue fruit, allspice, star anise and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate and deepen through the back half. Closes impressively long and sweet, with repeating blue fruit character, well-knit tannins and reverberating mineral and spice notes.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2036
Robert Parker – 95
A big step up over the 2017 Brune & Blonde (which I rated 91 points back in May 2021), Guigal’s 2017 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis epitomizes the appellation, with sexy complexities of smoky bacon fat interlaced with skeins of blueberries and cherries. Full-bodied, creamy and lush in feel, finishing long and succulent, it’s a terrific Cote Rotie to drink over the next 20 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040