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  • Country ranking ?

    377
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Italian Sausage with Vegetables

The Story

La Turque is Guigal’s latest addition to the single-vineyard Côte-Rôties. This vineyard produced outstanding wines in the first half of the 20th century, but then was not used for wine production for nearly 50 years.  The Guigals acquired the vineyard and re-planted it in 1980 and 1981 based on Etienne Guigal’s memory of the quality of the wines it once produced, and the first vintage appeared in 1985.  

La Turque is around 2.5 acres in size, situated just north of the Côte Blonde and into the Côte Brune on a vertiginous slope that enjoys perfect southern exposure; La Turque is in fact the only vineyard in Côte-Rôtie that directly sees the first rays of sunshine in the morning all the way through the last rays of dusk. This vineyard is planted to 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, with a soil type of silicone limestone with schist that produces clay soils rich in iron oxide. 

 

The wine is punched down and alcoholic fermentation and maceration last around 4 weeks.  Aging is for 42 months in new oak barrels made at the Chateau d’Ampuis cooperage.

The complex soils lend an exotic character to La Turque, and its concentration and elegance exhibit the virility of the Côte Brune with the subtlety and femininity of the Côte Blonde.

 

In order to enhance quality the Guigals worked to acquire ownership in vineyards. Purchased in 1965, the just under one-hectare La Mouline plantation, which is located on the slopes of Côte Blonde, set the stage for the Guigals’ present reputation. Introduced the very next year, the La Mouline single-vineyard proved to be a smashing success, and the active acquisition of vineyards continued. However, it would be more than 10 years before the Guigals introduced their next single-vineyard wine, the La Landonne, in 1978. Just over 2 hectares in size, the plot was purchased piece by piece from 17 different small-scale growers.

The Guigals finally revealed their true greatness in 1984 when they acquired the oldest winemaker in the Rhône, Etienne’s former employer, Vidal-Fleury. This significant acquisition instantly made the Guigals the leading producer in the Côte-Rôtie region, giving them a 35% share of the entire region’s output. This new acquisition also gave the Guigals ownership of Vidal-Fleury’s La Turque plot. Introduced in 1985, the La Turque cemented Guigal’s reputation as one of the most prestigious producers of single-vineyard wines in the Rhône. The single-vineyard wines gave the Guigals the authority that helped them to profile their production from the Côtes-du-Rhône wines on. This is how Guigal evolved into the region's leading commercial AOC brand, whose only real contender is, for the time being, Paul Jaboulet Ainé.

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Vintage 1985

Parker 100 points: The debut vintage for this wine was especially impressive in view of the fact that the vineyard was so young. The 1985 La Turque's color remains a dark purple, with no signs of amber or lightening. The nose explodes from the glass, revealing scents of jammy black fruits, licorice, lead pencil, and smoke. Sweet, thick, highly concentrated flavors contain enough acidity and soft wood tannin to give the wine a well-focused feel. This prodigiously endowed, rich wine should continue to evolve and offer accessible drinking for another 15+ years. Anticipated maturity: now-2012. Last tasted 8/96.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Extensive and Spicy

flavors

Vanilla, Cherry, Mineral, Blackberry, Blackcurrant and Vegetal

nose

Intense, Complex, Fresh and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Firm, Harmonious, Vigor and Dry

Written Notes

This was a nice follow up to the Grange, but the Grange was in such a good spot that it stole the show from the La Turque's usual limelight. Its nose was beefy and bacony with lots of that classic Cote Rotie, gamy, waify whiff. There was menthol and very deep black and purple fruits. Its palate was rich and bacony with more gamy fruit, and the LT was very smooth on the palate, more so than I remembered at first, although it did gain in the glass and come out a bit more to reveal good, but not mammoth, grip.
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1985 was an excellent vintage with quite a small crop. After a flourishing flowering period, the summer was hot and dry. Heat continued into late harvest. Fine-looking bottle. Decanted for two hours. Feminine, perfumed, cherry and herb-scented bouquet with gentle toast and a chocolaty depth. Gorgeous layers of fruit. On the palate powerfully spicy, full of black pepper, satiny ripe cassis and black cherry, with a full-bodied, silky mouth feel and very persuasive texture. Already very good, but should be even more splendid in the near future.
  • 98p

Information

Origin

Côte-Rôtie, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Turque 1985  ( E.Guigal )

"This was a nice follow up to the Grange, but the Grange was in such a good spot that it stole the show from the La Turque's usual limelight. Its nose was beefy and bacony with lots of that classic Cote Rotie, gamy, waify whiff. There was menthol and very deep black and purple fruits. Its palate was rich and bacony with more gamy fruit, and the LT was very smooth on the palate, more so than I remembered at first, although it did gain in the glass and come out a bit more to reveal good, but not mammoth, grip."

2y 15d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Turque 1985  ( E.Guigal )

"A trio of 1985 Guigal La La’s were last, plus a bonus wine. Practice agreed with theory for this flight, at least in my book. I was not loving the 1985 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque. There were aromas of lavender, bacon, menthol and gyro meat. Its palate had olive and dark fruit flavors but was also a touch oaky, and the wine was simpler than I wanted it to be "

2y 15d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Turque 1985  ( E.Guigal )

"The last wine from the Golden Cellar was another glorious 1985 Guigal, a 1985 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque. This wine was singing right now, still young and very fresh, but showing many mature nuances and complexities and big-time menthol, bacon, earth, cassis and chocolate aromas and flavors"

2y 15d ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Turque 1985  ( E.Guigal )

"1985 was an excellent vintage with quite a small crop. After a flourishing flowering period, the summer was hot and dry. Heat continued into late harvest.

Fine-looking bottle. Decanted for two hours. Feminine, perfumed, cherry and herb-scented bouquet with gentle toast and a chocolaty depth. Gorgeous layers of fruit. On the palate powerfully spicy, full of black pepper, satiny ripe cassis and black cherry, with a full-bodied, silky mouth feel and very persuasive texture. Already very good, but should be even more splendid in the near future.
"

2y 7m ago

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