2016 e. guigal, cote rotie, la turque
Why We're Buying
If you know one wine producer from Côte Rôtie, it's probably Guigal. It has six wines that have earned 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker, with La Turque garnering the honor eight times in total. The exquisite syrah blend costs around $400, a bargain of a wine of this caliber.
Inky magenta. Candied cherry, blackcurrant, exotic spices, violet oil and a hint of olive on the powerfully scented nose. Velvety, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining, mineral-laced black/blue fruit preserve, floral pastille, smoky bacon and spicecake flavors that open up steadily on the back half. Displays sharp delineation and a resonating floral note on a strikingly long finish that's framed by plush, rounded tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Côte Rôtie La Turque is lighter in weight and less rich than the vintages either side of it. Attractive notes of cracked pepper and salted licorice accent crisp, dark-berried fruit in this medium to full-bodied effort that's still mighty impressive. It finishes elegantly, showing ample concentration and length.
Showing beautifully, the 2016 Côte Rôtie La Turque comes from the Côte Brune (along with the La Landonne) and includes a solid chunk of co-fermented Viognier. As with all the top La Las, it spends a full four years in new French oak and is bottled with no finning or filtration. Resembling the La Landonne with its smoky, meaty style, this deep purple-hued effort is medium to full-bodied and has complex notes of black raspberry, cassis, roast coffee, camphor, and flowers, silky tannins, and a great finish. It shows the more elegant style of the vintage yet is still concentrated, with fabulous tannins and impeccable balance.
Dark and winey, with waves of cassis, steeped plum and warmed cherry preserves rolling through, all laced with dried anise, black tea and mesquite notes. The long finish picks up a savory edge and a well-buried iron note. For the cellar.
Darker in character than La Mouline with some roasted spice notes. It is exceptionally smooth and seamless on the palate, very harmonious with life, intensity and lift. It shows strong oak influence at this time, and will see another 30 months in new oak barriques before it is available to buy, in February 2020.