No formal notes. Wow! What a finish of a great evening with wonderful wines. This La Turque is definitely among the finest Côte – Rôtie wines I have had the pleasure to enjoy. I love the La Turque, and especially the 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2007 are extra memorable. (2003 is kind of a whole different creature, with the extreme heat of the vintage, but a fine wine indeed, although in a complete other style) This was my first 1988 (finally!) and it clocks in next to the 1991 version of the La Turque as perhaps the finest vintage yet (at least that I have had) of this wine? Nose shows lovely maturity, spices, lovely pepper, cherries, dark fruit, smoked meat, herbs, licorice, and secondary and third layers displaying wet forest floor, souse – bois, , cedar, mushrooms and truffles, leather, bacon, stable, wet hay, mortardella, olives, tar, licorice… A true peacock tail unfolds. I could go on forever, and this is just from memory. Palate is equally delicious and complex, with an incredible mixture of finest fruit, mature and spicy tastes, acid and round edges. Deep red cherries, licorice, smoke, minerals and herbs. Again, layer after layer keeps unfolding, and there was just no end to this, until the glass unfortunately was gone… An incredible length on the finish, easily stayed for 2 minutes on the tongue. A very complex and complete wine. I need to drink this again, soon! Magic in a bottle, simple and true. Sometimes life is good! (three 99 – 100 points wines enjoyed tonight.)
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(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) The 1988 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque had a much oakier nose with lots of pepper. Black fruits and oil permeated the nose and mouth, and while it was thick and long, the La Mouline absolutely ‘pancaked’ the La Turque. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the opposite happen. Long live La Mouline (93).
(Guigal 'La Turque) was 'all coffee,' Marc observed, and it was much more kinky in style than the previous two wines in that uniquely La Turque way. Rich, long and chunky, the bottle was outstanding, and the wine was much mightier than my pen by this point
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