One of the powerhouses of the Rhône and a name synonymous with beautifully crafted wines from some of the regions finest vineyard sites. After 15 years working at Vidal-Fleury, Etienne Guigal formed his own estate in 1946, joined by his son Marcel in 1961 and by 1984, they had purchased Vidal-Fleury and took control of 35% of the Côte Rôtie harvest. They purchased the Château d'Ampuis in 1995, today fully restored, it is the headquarters of the estate and home to the Guigal cooperage. Marcel's son, Phillipe is the winemaker and Guigal produce a range of stunning wines from across the terroirs of the Rhône.
Deep red. Flamboyantly perfumed nose offers a gaudy display of cherry, cola and fresh flowers. Deep, sweet and fleshy, with concentrated cherry/berry flavors, nervy minerality and a broad, expansive finish. While this will no doubt warrant a long rest in the cellar, there's a seductively open quality to it that will make for wonderful early drinking. 96-97 Points; International Wine Cellar
The 2004 Cote Rotie La Turque exhibits hints of green pepper and bouquet garni intermixed with notions of graphite, blackberries, cherries, and smoky beef. A denser, more tannic, and structured effort than La Mouline, La Turque will benefit from another year or two of bottle age. It should keep for 10-15 years. Tasted: April 09; Drink: 2010-2025; Rating: 93 Points; Robert Parker; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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