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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Seductive nose of black cherry and plum with quite a bit of black pepper, smokey meat, and savory herbs. Ripe black fruits on the palate; lots of spice and some espresso notes as well. Medium bodied with good structure and great acidity. Drinking quite well.
Top norch quality wine, accessible and impressive. I used to not quite like the Guigal's wine with my limited experience with them. This 1996 Turque changed my mind all the way with its explosive nose of tropical fruits, mineral, vanilla and with Guigal's herbs & spices. Also there was no compromise on the palate, full bodied, but yet elegant. my WOTN
What a great wine. Deep colour big body and a complex nose like no other. Maybe 2 minute finish. This is Cote Rotie at its best. Decanted for very little maybe 10minutes. Drinkable now but for sure can age. Superb
drunk @ Boca di Lupa-decanted for several hours before diner- horsey leather nose, dark black fruits as well. this wine was showing big bold dark fruits and some smokey flavors but it was also quite hot which surprised me a bit and took away from some of the pleasure. long finish, i guess i need to put it away for awhile
LdC 4th Annual Truffle Dinner (Primehouse): Full red color. Lovely olive black pepper black fruit and spice nose. Big black spicy palate with coffee notes. Another great showing for this sleeper vintage of Turque.
Wonderfully complex and beguiling. Decanted. Benefited greatly from extended air time. Color: deep red, almost purple. Bouquet: Raspberries, cedar, coffee. Flavor: a little closed at first but with good red and black fruit up front, then becoming much fuller, redolent of black fruits, tar, coffee or chocolate, black pepper, and forest floor, with a some mineral structure underneath. Neither too hot nor too acidic. More like an interesting mosaic than a well blended palette; there's a lot going on here. Long, fruity and slightly spicy finish. Lively tannins starting to resolve, but this has many years left ahead of it. Excellent wine.
Scott M. Dinner Party (Home): Full round red color. Spactacular nose of black briar and pepper. A bit lighter bodied and some red fruit character on the palate. Certainly not a monumental La La, but a lovely wine nonetheless... 94-95 pts.
BYO dinner Bumpkin,London dark purple color.on the nose smokey bbq and black cherries, a touch of eucalyptus. drank this next to the Run Rig 95 so the guigal seemed quite smooth and not as jammy as the OZ. it had a good mix of black fruits and cherries in the mouth with a little grilled meat on the finish. very nice wine with many years left in it
June 14th Rhone Celebration with Jonathon Dinh (Waterfront Seafood Grilll): I wish I had better notes (I can’t decipher my own chicken scratch anymore) on this one, because it was my favorite N Rhone of the night. Dark and brooding, it had some quality I can’t put my finger on that I liked more than the La Landonnes. Just an amazing example of syrah. Co-WOTN with the Centenaire.
Campanile with WB. This wine has a nice minerality. I did not get much interesting fruit. There was a decent shadow of a fruit element, but no real complexity. I wanted to fool myself, but this wine was just not that great. The nose did not have it and it was no where near even the 02. I'd give it 92 points and if our bottle was representative say this is a do not buy at these prices. The reasonably silky mouhtfeel was redeeming.
A very pretty wine. Medium ruby with some amber. Evolved nose is quite floral, with high-toned raspberry fruit and oaky aromas (vanilla, chocolate) overlaid by some faint notes of tobacco, licorice, tar. Sweet and rich on the palate with good acidity and fading tannins.
(from memory) Absolutely lovely. Medium red color and medium bodied. Surprisingly light on its feet but literally bursting with cherry, rasperry, and coffee flavors. Serious delicious stuff . . . 12/04
1996 Guigal La Turque, Wow for an off year I could have never guessed that, nose clear aromas of oak, vanilla and dark black fruits. Plenty of Asian spices and raspberry. Very exotic in flavor profile. This wine have good depth of fruit and length. The tannins are not obvious and this is a Burgundian-styled northern Rhone. Only one of five thought that this was French.
Dark red with a blue-ish hue. Vanilla spice in abundance here. Oaky on the nose. There are also scents of camphor. Rich and intense, concentrated, prickly on the tongue. Sweet, sexy, and seductive. Really nice, long aftertaste.