91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the 2012s, the 2012 Cote Rotie Ampodium, which is named after the Romain name for Ampuis, sees the most destemming (somewhere around 75% destemmed), comes from 13 different terroirs, and is aged in both demi-muid and older barrels (Rene only uses roughly 5% new oak for all his cuvees). It offers a pure, classical and yet supple profile, with beautiful, peppery and spice-driven aromas, as well as a core of vibrant berry fruit. It should be approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully for 10-15 years."
91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple color. Highly perfumed aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola, violet and cracked pepper, with a zesty mineral overtone. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering lively black and blue fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes silky, sweet and long, with soft tannins adding shape and gentle grip. I'll bet that this wine will be drinking well soon after release."
Jancis Robinson: "Inviting and slightly stemmy dark fruit. Fragrant herbal note that some might not like but I find it more fragrant than herbaceous. Very Rostaing. Charming."