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IronGate Fine Wine Auction

Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 1997
  • 750ml
  • France
  • Rhone
  • Rhone Valley North
  • Cote-Rotie
  • Syrah
  • Red
  • FF1128
  • FF1131
Lot 369

1997 E Guigal Chateau d Ampuis Cote Rotie - 4 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$800 - CAD$1,100

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This lot is comprised of 4 bottle(s) of 1997 E Guigal Chateau d Ampuis Cote Rotie - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $800 - $1100 with a reserve of $550. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11449.

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A collector, based in Toronto, became interested in wine while visiting his father-in-law in Hong Kong over 60 years ago. He also owned a restaurant that had an impressive wine list and was was able to visit many wineries throughout France. He continued collecting after selling the restaurant with most of his bottles purchased upon release from the LCBO. He took meticulous care of his wine, labeling many of the bottles and storing them in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar in his home.
The wine in this lot has a score of 91 from Robert Parker and the following tasting note -Guigal's Chateau d'Ampuis, which was launched in 1995, is nearly as spectacular as his single vineyard offerings (La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne). There are 2,500 cases of this offering, produced from a blend of hillside vineyards (La Garde, La Clos, La Grande Plantee, La Pommiere, Pavillon Rouge, and Le Moulin). The 1997 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis was bottled a year ago and is now in the marketplace. Its dense ruby color is followed by gorgeous aromas of chocolate intermixed with road tar, cassis, smoke, and coffee. It is low in acidity, but ripe and concentrated with a voluptuous texture. This stunning Cote Rotie is more developed and forward than the 1995, 1996, or 1998. As I wrote last year, the cutting edge winemaking practiced by some of the most fashionable producers in France, was pioneered by Marcel Guigal several decades ago. Cold fermentation, extended maceration, minimum sulphur, malolactic in barrel, virtually no racking, and bottling without fining or filtration have been standard operating procedure at chez Guigal for decades.