Solidly built, with a compact core of steeped currant and plum fruit flavors liberally laced with singed alder, leather and tar notes. Keeps a taut edge through the finish, as this is youthfully tight, with good, buried guts. Should unwind beautifully in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. 160 cases imported.
Flinty and smoky elements, with coal smoke, praline and boot polish, as well as red and dark plums. Impressively complex and detailed. The palate has assertive, deeply ripe and fluid tannins that drive long and carry dark plum fruits. Warming mocha to close. Drink now and beyond.
The 2013 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis spent 38 months in oak. It features subtle notes of pie crust layered over espresso, black olives and dark fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it suffers only by comparison to other recent vintages, finishing with some drying tannins.