1990 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque - 750ml

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1990 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque - 98 pts!
The 1990 La Turque possesses a meaty animal Chambertin-like personality with a leathery black-cherry soy sauce-scented nose ripe full-bodied rich flavors and outstanding length and richness. I suspect it will be even better once it is in the bottle. I should note that I tasted it on August 30th one month after it had been racked. Guigal's Cote Roties particularly the single vineyard wines are exceptional wines. They offer extraordinary flavor intensity impeccable purity and awesome length and complexity. The yields from the three vineyards - La Mouline La Landonne and La Turque - rarely exceed two tons per acre. Moreover no one harvests any later. That the wines spend nearly three and one-half years in 100% new oak tells you something about the level of extraction Guigal is able to achieve. While the oak is noticeable for 1-2 years after bottling anyone who has tasted the 1985s 1983s 1982s 1980s or 1978s would be hard-pressed to find evidence of new oak. The level of fruit extraction in these wines literally soaks up the oak making them all the more structured and complex. While all three wines share phenomenal concentration and marvelous perfumes they could not be more different. I do not think anyone can adequately articulate the multitude of aromas of flavors they possess but let me try. La Turque is the newest of the Guigal single vineyard wines. While it is from the Cote Brune its character represents a synthesis of La Mouline and La Landonne. La Turque vineyard is on an extremely precipitous slope a 60 degree gradient but unlike La Mouline it is not an old vineyard. The vines were only planted in 1981. La Turque may also include 5-7% Viognier. Neither as tannic nor as muscular as La Landonne La Turque is frequently as concentrated. It can be as compelling as La Mouline. While it is a wine of enormous richness and character it like La Mouline can be drunk young but La Turque possesses 20-25 years of longevity. It also exhibits smoky black-raspberry aromas but there is always something more kinky more expansive and even sweeter about the taste of La Turque. Like its two siblings it is an impressively endowed majestic wine. Based on the vintages produced since its debut in 1985 La Turque may be the most enthralling and complex of these single vineyard Guigal Cote Roties. All three wines spend 42 months in new small oak casks and are bottled without fining or filtration. RP

Product Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 1990
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Northern Rhone
Producer Guigal
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - 1990 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque - 98 pts! The 1990 La Turque possesses a meaty animal Chambertin-like personality with a leathery black-cherry soy sauce-scented nose ripe full-bodied rich flavors and outstanding length and richness. I suspect it will be even better once it is in the bottle. I should note that I tasted it on August 30th one month after it had been racked. Guigal's Cote Roties particularly the single vineyard wines are exceptional wines. They offer extraordinary flavor intensity impeccable purity and awesome length and complexity. The yields from the three vineyards - La Mouline La Landonne and La Turque - rarely exceed two tons per acre. Moreover no one harvests any later. That the wines spend nearly three and one-half years in 100% new oak tells you something about the level of extraction Guigal is able to achieve. While the oak is noticeable for 1-2 years after bottling anyone who has tasted the 1985s 1983s 1982s 1980s or 1978s would be hard-pressed to find evidence of new oak. The level of fruit extraction in these wines literally soaks up the oak making them all the more structured and complex. While all three wines share phenomenal concentration and marvelous perfumes they could not be more different. I do not think anyone can adequately articulate the multitude of aromas of flavors they possess but let me try. La Turque is the newest of the Guigal single vineyard wines. While it is from the Cote Brune its character represents a synthesis of La Mouline and La Landonne. La Turque vineyard is on an extremely precipitous slope a 60 degree gradient but unlike La Mouline it is not an old vineyard. The vines were only planted in 1981. La Turque may also include 5-7% Viognier. Neither as tannic nor as muscular as La Landonne La Turque is frequently as concentrated. It can be as compelling as La Mouline. While it is a wine of enormous richness and character it like La Mouline can be drunk young but La Turque possesses 20-25 years of longevity. It also exhibits smoky black-raspberry aromas but there is always something more kinky more expansive and even sweeter about the taste of La Turque. Like its two siblings it is an impressively endowed majestic wine. Based on the vintages produced since its debut in 1985 La Turque may be the most enthralling and complex of these single vineyard Guigal Cote Roties. All three wines spend 42 months in new small oak casks and are bottled without fining or filtration. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 1990
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Northern Rhone
Producer Guigal
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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