The art of seduction belongs to the 2009 Château d’Ampuis from Guigal. As I taste it all the vinous logic I’ve accumulated for two decades – which should have me writing down something like ‘cellar for at least five or six years’ – instantly vanishes. This is lust. Pure seduction. The d’Ampuis from Côte-Rôtie is [...]
Yes, there are some Roman remains in the city of Vienne that probably are worth some extra attention. But then again; Vienne is next to the Rhône river and just a few kilometers south you will find Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Sorry Romans, but the priorities is set on my pilgrimage visit to the world’s [...]
I still remember the first time I had a Jasmin. It was the 1976 Côte Rôtie and it was just about to hit the 20th birthday. A gorgeous wine and a completely new experience back then. 2013 and I’m visiting Ampuis. On the to do-list; talk with Patrick Jasmin who today runs the show.
The Mistral did what it could, to keep me away from Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, but was beaten by pure motivation. If Tain l’Hermitage was cold it was perhaps even worse close to Ampuis, where the world-famous slopes are to be found. The unfriendliness of the Mistral, just a few degrees plus, some snow from [...]
Vinously speaking, I will remember and cherish Thursday the 28th of October 2010 for a long time! Too seldom do I get the chance to taste the super premium wines of E. Guigal. I honestly confess I have serious issues in paying 220+ euro’s for a single bottle of the recent vintage [...]
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