E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2014

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EGTQ201411 UCNZ
  • Côte-Rôtie "La Turque" is one of the flagship of the Domaine GUIGAL.
  • Robert Parker: 94/100 "Manages to be silky in texture yet firm at the same time, concentrated yet seemingly weightless, and long on the finish."
  • Enchanting ruby red in color with a powerful, elegant and a sexy perfume of red berries, morello cherry and blackberry.
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    $699.99
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  • Jeb Dunnuck
    94 points
  • Robert Parker's
    94 points

Editors notes

Robert Parker: 94/100 "Manages to be silky in texture yet firm at the same time, concentrated yet seemingly weightless, and long on the finish."

Côte-Rôtie "La Turque" is one of the flagship of the Domaine GUIGAL. A powerful wine with spicy notes, its terroirs from côte brune with “blond accents” lends it a great elegance.

Enchanting ruby red in color with a powerful, elegant and a sexy perfume of red berries, morello cherry and blackberry. On palate we get classic notes of cassis, caramelized berries, spice and even some toasted brioche. There is beautiful harmony between the concentration of the wine and the finesse of fine tannins. This is a magnificent expression of terroir.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • White Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Pepper
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Poultry
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Jeb Dunnuck

    94
    "The 2014 Côte Rôtie La Turque offers more obvious structure than the La Mouline, boasting a deep purple color and classic notes of crème de cassis, caramelized blackberries, spice, and toasty oak. It’s full-bodied, straight and focused on the palate, with building tannin, yet is certainly more approachable and sexy than the 2013. It’s a beautiful wine"
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    94
    "Still in barrel, the 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque shows classy floral aromas and red raspberries upfront, then delivers herbal notes, layers of red fruit and lithe, wiry structure on the medium to full-bodied palate. It manages to be silky in texture yet firm at the same time, concentrated yet seemingly weightless, and long on the finish."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.

About the brand Guigal

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, hermitage, saint-joseph and crozes-hermitage. The great appellations of the southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellar.

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