A more refined nose than the '05 but still delivering huge green pepper, cracked black pepper, and some powerful smokiness. Ripe blackberry, underripe blueberry, and creme de cassis on the palate. The oak and tannin are integrating far better than the '05. This is still super young but it is easier to approach right now. Interesting notes of cured meats and pepperoni sneak in later as well. Big and ripe but not off-puttingly so. Awesome.
This was opened and decanted for 45 minutes at a local restaurant. The wine was clear and a lighter orangy red mix in colour. The nose was quite strong with caramel notes. In the glass was a wine that confused me. I loved the caramel and cherry flavours as well as the lighter alcohol content of this wine yet somehow these tasted didn't mix together properly in this bottle. The acidity and spices were quite light yet the tannins were still very strong. I'm not sure where these bottles will go in the future but I'm now very curious. This was a good bottle but I hoped for more from it.
More dark fruit and not as bright as the Mouline. A touch jammy and more raisins. Still outstanding texture and symmetry. A big wine but not heavy. Super ripe black fruit. Very young and primary but so easy to enjoy now.
Souper de 50 ans à la maison: Le vin fut ouvert le matin, puis carafé plus de quatre heures. Il montre quand même un nez encore très boisé malgré toute cette aération. Par contre la texture est fabuleuse, la bouche sucrée et gourmande, avec une finesse de tanins vraiment très impressionnante, une longueur fabuleuse. C'est un vin immense, à revoir dans dix ou quinze ans. Il me donne moins de plaisir ce soir. 97 (+?), peut-être 92 pts au niveau plaisir à ce stade.
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(Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque) The star of the show as far as these three wines from Guigal are concerned. A nose with definition here, full of dark and sweet fruit, quite distinct in character from the preceding wines. Clearly this is very fine. On the palate there is a lovely combination of grip, structure, definition and elegant fruit, somehow avoiding that soupy, hot vintage character. It is pure and beautifully poised. This is very impressive and is streets ahead of the first two Guigal wines.
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