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.
The 2004 Cote Rotie La Turque is elegant, opulent, but silky-soft with a deep ruby/purple-tinged color and a big, sweet nose of plums, violets, espresso, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with some spicy wood and truffle. This is a lush, full-bodied 2004 to drink in its first 10-15 years of life. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007 Robert Parker (91-94) Drink 2007 - 2022
The medium-bodied 2004 Cote Rotie La Turque exhibits classic notes of kirsch liqueur, black truffles, tar, meat, and dried herbs. With outstanding richness as well as purity and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 10-15 years. Wine Advocate # 163 Feb 2006 Robert Parker (91-93) Drink 2006 - 2021
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. International Wine Cellar 96-97
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