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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 20 
TypeRed
ProducerE. Guigal (web)
VarietySyrah
DesignationLa Turque
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
AppellationCôte-Rôtie

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2018 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 49 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by TWSA on 3/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Duration: 3 hours
Aroma: cherry, rose, tar
Condition: perfect
Notes: this wine is still pretty young to drink despite 19 years of age. After 2 hours of decanting this wine reminds me of a bottle of Burgundy from cotes de nuits. This wine probably needs another 10-15 years to evolve. It's not the right time to give a fair comment now. (509 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/18/2015 & rated 93 points: 2015 Athens Wine Event (Aleria Restaurant, Athens): Second time we cross paths with this wine ( Last was Sep/09 Papies 95) and this time felt a touch less impressive and retrained. Very much a young wine and still needs tiem to develop (Maybe we were star gazing back then)
Still quite a bit of oak dynamics, mocha on the nose and palate. Good extract but the wine is still very young and undeveloped ina way but not harsh or angular. Needs time. Note sure how to rate. But above 92 and hopefully time will help. (813 views)
 Tasted by cortoncharlie on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Really nice. Not as meaty or exotic as before. Lovely smell of country side in provence. Good acidity and black fruit. Primary but in a good place now. (749 views)
 Tasted by wyahaw on 11/4/2014 & rated 95 points: Tasted this alongside several other Guigal wines (La Londonne 1997, 2000, La Mouline, La Turque 2004, La Mouline 2006) and this was the wine of the evening by a short head. Soft tannins, well balanced, good finish. (1008 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/25/2013: Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind, this wine was a real head scratcher. Large scaled with firm spice and plenty of very fresh black fruit. It barely showed any Côte-Rôtie character or any Guigal character or any of the floral Viognier influence i would expect. No question this was a fascinating, charming wine, but I had enormous trouble identifying what it might be. At first I was convinced it was a very good, young Sine Qua Non! (3285 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 2/22/2013: Hmmmm. Nice but would I be happy to pay for it myself? Cherries, forest floor, cherries, meat and a very persistent finish. Just about creeping into the drinking window. (3011 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 12/20/2012 & rated 93 points: Leo Turns 60! (It's Greek To Me): Very similar to La Mouline, but with a bit more complexity. This too showed as young. Most preferred this to the La Mouline served alongside. (3241 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 12/2/2012 & rated 93 points: A solid Cote Rotie, but not a great vintage for La Turque. The nose offered enticing aromatics. But the lack of depth and concentration, coupled with none of the normally easy to find exotic qualities enjoyed in the La La's, makes this medium/full bodied wine a pass, especially when you consider the price. (3295 views)
 Tasted by Agauthie on 11/18/2012: Great nose, A bit tight upon opening, then opened beautifully after 1 hr. Delicate, smooth, great wine. (2735 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 10/9/2012 & rated 96 points: Guigal Masterclass Stockholm, 8 vintages of La Turque: Nose: Great, marvelous and beautiful mature nose on this wine!
Stable and dung, wet horse and wet rotten leaves.
Very mature with some secondary aromas of coffee and espresso.
Palate: Very long! Mature, stones and minerals/gravel, good acidity (maybe a bit too much acid for that perfect balance?) , fantastic fruit!
This is a beauty! (2820 views)
 Tasted by Vintomas on 10/9/2012 & rated 94 points: Vertical tasting of Guigal La Turque (Esperanto, Stockholm): Nose with ripe cherries, slightly sweetish red berries and a hint of dark berries, rather flowery, some herbaceous nores, mild oriental spices, developed notes with a discrete animal note. Dominating berry aromas but rather noticeable development; quite elegant. Full bodied-, slightly sweetish fruit, ripe cherries, red and some dark berries, velvety tannins, mineral, some spice. Rather fully mature but still berry-dominated nose and palate, 94.

The first wine in the lineup with noticeable development in the nose. (1041 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 8/30/2012 & rated 88 points: Black cherries and slight glue. Rich juicy but soft style with some black spice. Nice rich licorice (1820 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 8/25/2012 & rated 93 points: Ming's Birthday (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): Excellent. Second time round, this bottle was not quite as impressive as the one I had a year back. It seemed a bit simpler, more reticent, perhaps because it did not get as much time and air as the last one. Still a gorgeous wine though. It had a classic Côte-Rôtie nose, with sweet plums and black cherries mixed in with hints of violets, a twist of herbs and spice, all playing against a very classic backdrop of roasted earth, dried flowers and curls of tobacco smoke. Just a beautiful bouquet there. So delicious on the palate too - it unfolded in lovely layers of blackberries and plums and dark cherries, all lined with the fresh acidity and fine but firm tannins of the 1996 vintage. The only thing that made this less than completely enjoyable was the fact that it was still very primary, still a bit simple. Otherwise, this was a wine that had depth, breadth and effortless intensity in a single package. It had a beautiful finish too, chocked full with spice and cigar notes. A lovely wine and very deliciously even now. However, it still has its best years way ahead of it. This is worth waiting another 3-5 years for before opening another to gauge its progress - I have a feeling that peak drinking may some way beyond that. (2177 views)
 Tasted by LBBURGJUNKIE on 5/25/2012 & rated 92 points: Very primary. Going to be very nice. At this stage, not my thing. (1846 views)
 Tasted by Catnapped on 12/20/2011 & rated 94 points: This bottle was awesome. A little tight upon opening, but after an hour in the decanter it had opened up nicely. Lots of bacon fat and tobacco on the nose and exotic spices, black olives on the palate. A most impressive Cote-Rotie, still with lots of time left. (2327 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 12/13/2011 & rated 96 points: White Truffle Dinner (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong): Alluring colour, a mix of blood red and purple, translucent....just transparent at the broader edge of the glass. Nose is immediate velvet...plush velvet curtains in a dark and locked-up room...there is something deep and dark that tries to pull you down into an abyss....oak furniture cream...smoke...new mocassin leather...wafts of smoke...and something like solid old mahogany furniture in the background....wow, this is beguiling stuff. Palate has an initial cherry-driven acidic attack then dry roses, fresh violet flowers and....Bang!...a huge rolling thunder, shock and awe endless resonance. As it develops in the glass there are..black cherries...acetone in a soaring resonance inside your head manner....a lightness of touch that is powerful but not weighty....hints of kirsch...quite alcoholic...just brilliant stuff...a wonderful lasting impression of "cherry personified" but cherry in such intensity that I have never experienced before...lovely light Barolo-like etherial headiness. Thrilling! Stunningly made. My first "La Turque" and I can see why CortonCharlie at a previous dinner alluded it to Grange in its exotic uniqueness. Runny pointed out that its label doesn't quite match the quality of the contents and that we should penalise it a couple of points.....he was out-voted. What a wonderful wine.....JP, thanks so much. (2816 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 10/29/2011 & rated 94 points: Underground dinner (Bonsoiree in Chicago): Very full in the glass. Deep and rich flavor. A real treat. (2583 views)
 Tasted by mattjohnson_78 on 9/14/2011 & rated 94 points: not even close to full potential. all of the great cote rotie qualities: loads of tar, deep blueberries, huge black fruit, hints of bacon fat, super high acidity and a long finish. (2523 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 9/1/2011 & rated 95 points: 2011 Simple Series VII: Sean's Birthday (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): My red wine of the night. Quite a feat when there was a 1966 Latour and a 1986 Mouton on the same table. This was wonderful though. It had a beautiful nose that left me in no doubt that it was a top-notch Cote-Rotie, most probably a La-La too at that. Lush, plummy and ripe, with glorious scents of black cherries and blueberries backed up with scorched earth, spice and tobacco notes. Absolutely lovely. What a palate too. Maybe not as profound as that crazy nose, but it was balanced to a T, with beautifully judged acidity spread throughout delicious flavours of dark cherries and blackberries. This had a wonderful sense of elegance and poise to it, but was also strong and sinewy - graceful, but rather more like a gymnast than a dancer in the way it was shaped. Past the mid-palate, the wine drifted into beautiful finish replete with gentle spicey notes wafting all around the mouth. Wonderful. Another complete wine, yet unlike the pair of Bordeaux Firsts, this was both intellectually stimulating as well as entirely delicious and soul-warming. A great wine. (3061 views)
 Tasted by yeoman on 9/1/2011: A wine that tell the Bordeaux FG, been Latour 66 and Mouton 86, that you will not be taking the limelight for the night. Great balance with the fruits and acid on the palate. (2533 views)
 Tasted by Dbrane on 9/1/2011 & rated 88 points: Sean Birthday (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck): Having had the 1998 before this one did pale in comparison. Quite meaty on the nose and still rather tannic. I think this needs more time to mellow down. A bit four square at the moment. (2923 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 9/1/2011 & rated 94 points: 2011 Simple Series 9: Sean BOD (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Alcohol :: 13%
Decanted about 3.5-4hrs. This was served blind alongside with the 86 Mouton and everyone was keeping the focus to the 86 Mouton, well, that's for sure. However, this was every bit as good as the Mouton, perhaps not the scale and structured, but the sheer class and finesse. Intoxicating bouquet with super ripe plum, dark cherry laced on an array of spices, coffee, caramel and mineral, the intensity and complexity is absolutely stunning. As sensational as the nose, this full bodied juice offered incredible intensity that coat the mouth immediately yet remained such perfect balance with class, finesse and elegance. There is enough concentration of really pure dark and red fruits mixed, mineral to buffered the medium level of super fine tannin and formed the solid structured with lush, polish and refine texture. The grip and tension on the palate is fabulous and demonstrated what is power with grace. Very very long spicy infused finish that just goes on and on. This is absolutely delicious and will only be better in another 5yrs time. The 86 Mouton might be surpass the Turque 5yrs down the road but today I'm a fan of the 96 Turque. Did I mention 1996 is not a strong vintage in Rhone? 94-95 (2886 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 6/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Candied nose, strong vanilla oak, black cherry, maybe cedar/pine. Good acidity, not much tannin or alcohol. Light ruby, light-medium body. Not getting the weight or spice or secondary elements other tasters have mentioned. Elegant, but poor QPR. (2706 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/5/2011 & rated 93 points: Nez d'épices, avec une pointe de chaleur et un peu de fruits cuits. Les tanins sont bien présents mais commencent à se policer. Très long et belle complexité aromatique en rétro-olfaction. (2556 views)
 Tasted by reichken on 4/20/2011 & rated 93 points: Big dark meaty fruit, this no shrinking violet. This is still mostly black fruits some leather and rich. Prbly drunk to early (2721 views)
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Rhône

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Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

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Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.

Côte-Rôtie

Guide to Cote Rotie

• The Appellation cover three com­munes - Saint-Cyr-sur-Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-Semons - on the right Rhône river bank, within the Rhône "département".

• Soils : In the northern part of the vineyard, the Côte Brune, consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of fer­ruginous mica schists which are cove­red with schist sand (arzel).The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation.

• Climate : tempered continental. Dry, hot summers and frequent rain­falls during the other seasons. History : one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans. It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequea­thed a hillside to each of his daughters, one was brunette and the other fair. Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde".

• Area planted : 230 hectares (568 acres), for an annual production of 8,400 hectoli­ters (93,333 cases). Authorized maximum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2,3 US tons/acre).

• Grape Varieties : Syrah (80% mini­mum). An addition of up to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop is allowed.

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