E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2004

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2004


95 points Vinous: “Saturated red. Deep, concentrated aromas of kirsch, cola and blackcurrant, with mounting smokiness and Indian spice qualities. Livelier on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, velvety texture and a strong lashing of cracked pepper. A sweet anise note carries through the sappy, very sweet finish. This wine is already quite seductive.”

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Etienne Guigal, sent off on his own at a very young age, made his way to Ampuis and later at fourteen years-old found a job at Vidal Fleury; then the largest and strongest winery in the Rhone valley. He started out pruning in the vineyards, and rose to maitre de chai over the course of fifteen years, before eventually leaving in 1946 to start his own winery.
His son Marcel became involved very early in the business when in 1961 he was forced to rush back from school because his father was suddenly struck with total blindness. Marcel has led the firm since, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have placed the Guigal wines at the pinnacle of the wine world, and the domaine to its status as the leading winery from the Rhone Valley.
Today, Marcel’s son Philippe serves as Director and Oenologist, and with his father is carrying on the tradition of leadership and uncompromising excellence. The Guigal’s will only purchase vineyards that are capable of producing truly great wines. Despite their important production, they own overwhelmingly the finest collection of vineyards in Cote Rotie, including several jewels:
La Mouline, situated on the Cote Blonde vineyard which distinguishes itself by its characteristic shape of a Roman amphitheatre.
Situated on the Cote Brune, La Turque, facing fully South benefits from maximum exposure to the sun and also from a complex terroir made up of Schist and iron oxide which transmit finesse and strength to the wine.
With its vertiginous slopes of nearly 45 degrees, La Landonne is an extremely impressive vineyard planted entirely to Syrah. 
Guigal’s vinfication is singular in the world of wine, and allows their great raw materials to flourish in the bottle. The vinification approach harkens back to tradition in the Rhone Valley, with long aging which integrates tannins and flavors and creates wines of great complexity and refinement. Because of their superior fruit, Guigal’s wines demand time to come together - the top wines undergo famously long maturation period in barrel, up to three and a half years.