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Getting a few expletives in my notes, the 2003 Cote Rotie La Turque is more structured and powerful, with a youthful purple color giving way to meaty, bloody characteristics that are intermixed with creme de cassis, roasted meats, licorice and leather. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with incredible depth, purity and texture, it needs a few more years over the La Mouline to fully stretch out, but will have three decades or more when all is said and done.
Incredibly dense and concentrated, with a polished layer of mocha-infused toast pushed by blackberry, black currant, black tea and dark olive flavors. This has tremendous power, but is also very suave, with sweet, exotic fruit notes that linger endlessly on the long, fleshy finish. Best from 2010 through 2030. 210 cases made.
"His great joy was to share with as many people as possible the emotion and pleasures of tasting wine. Your marvelous grandfather smiled upon each bottle and you thought: how he loves his cellar. Well no, my son, it was us he loved because, dearest man, he knew that these rare wines, made to reach a great old age, would not be for him to drink."
- Etienne Guigal
Etienne Guigal founded his winery in 1946 among the 2400 year old vines in the village of Ampuis. In 1961, he fell ill, so his son Marcel Guigal took the reins. The domain thrived under Marcel Guigal, who in the 1980’s began collecting top accolades from the most respected critics in the wine world. Robert Parker was one of the first to admire Guigal's top Cote-Rotie wines. These were La Landonne, La Mouline, and La Turque or the “La, Las”, as devotees refer to them. In 2003, the “La, Las” were the most expensive Rhone wines released in history ($800 a bottle). Robert Parker states, "In the past 26 years I have spent visiting wineries and vignerons, I have never seen a producer so fanatical about quality as Marcel Guigal.”
Marcel became Decanter Magazine Man of the Year in 2006, due in large part to his dedication and hard work in the Rhone Valley. The attention to detail Marcel brought to Guigal spread throughout the region, which in turn increased popularity and interest in Rhone wines. Top vintages to look out for include 1991, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2001.
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