This wine SHOULD have been scored 100. However, my friend who brought the wine does not believe in opening early or decanting. Pop and pour is his middle name. It doesn't matter how precious the wine and vintage.
So, having stated such I can't imagine what it would have been had it had a couple of hours opened or decanted. Cork firm and color as the day it was made. Initial aromatics muted but within 20 minutes the wine was singing with aromas and began to open on the palate. Someone said awed by the wine and I agree. I classic Rotie and one for wine of the Rotie from that year. So complex and elegant yet backward and strong. Extremely well balanced. Then tender and light. Just an amazing cacophony of delightful nuances. A truly great wine with time left in the bottle but ready to drink now. Someone PLEASE tell me where to get more.
"Best of the Best" Tasting (Switzerland): Tasted blind out of the 0.75 bottle, decanted for 2 hours: Light clear red in color. Nose of strawberries, leather and black licorice. Very powerful, elegant, showing wonderful balance between sweetness and acidity. Flavors of raspberries and milk coffee. Just a wonderful wine with still some potential for more. The only handicap of this wine is the 1991 Guigal La Mouline in the glass next to it. Drink now - 2025.
This wine left me awestruck. It needed several hours in the decanter. I would describe the experience of enjoying this wine as the ultimate restrained hedonistic experience. Generous yet balanced, full yet elegant. An amazing wine. This can be consumed now, or at any time in the next 10 years.
Wines like this leave you speechless. Coming up on 24 years of age, this is still young, vibrant and alive. It's packed with ripe, sweet, exotic fruits, complex aromas and a silky, flamboyant, opulent finish. Tasted blind with the 1989 and 1991, this was just a bit less concentrated than its brothers and sisters. Still, I'd be honored to drink this compelling wine any day.
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(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) The 1990 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque was a bit more controversial. At first, I preferred the 1990, I will admit. It was more open, more forward and had more fruit initially. Nonetheless, it was very similar to the ’89, also stylish and sensual, and also possessing the white pepper, the violet and the cassis, but also more yeast. One noted that it was ‘more dusty,’ while another noted its ‘mint.’ There was also more bacon, menthol and flesh, but our host was steadfastly in the 1989 camp, as was one of Hong Kong’s most respected and distinguished merchants. The question was whether this bottle of 1990 was a bit more developed than it should have been, and with oxygen its initial forward qualities started to lose focus in the glass a bit. I still did like its forward, fleshy and gamy style, but the consensus was that this bottle was just a touch off
(La Turque) I did not feel as much; maybe it was the bottle. It was very wound up, tight and lacking weight. There was power to its finish at first, but it flashed quickly. .It reminds me of myself,. Ray chipped in, .a little dirty and very sexy&muscular,. he continued. Maybe that.s why I didn.t like it as much!
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