Served blind, the insane perfume was amplified. Fresh cut flowers, cherries, wild strawberry, fennel, smoke, earth and spice were all over the place. One would think there was no way that could be topped. But when the wine moved from the glass to where it belonged, which was on my palate, I was in heaven. Massive waves of opulent, decanted, lush, silky polished, bright deep fruits coated every part of my mouth, palate, teeth and gums. Other wine might be different, but I am not sure there are better wines as I was speechless.
First vintage with only 4 years old vines. Amazingly young and fresh nose. No tertiary aromas, no game or meat. Fresh fruit and good balance. Lacking a bit complexity for what it is. Needs much more time!
Oh My God, I am speechless! Words are not adequate to express the emotion, sensation, sensuality or exotic character of this mind-blowing wine! The perfume grabbed your attention. Your nose finds it impossible to leave the glass with its powerful scents of 5 Spice, truffle, incense, smoke, jammy blackberry, iron, cherry and barbeque aromatics. The erotic sensations that coat your palate, take your breath away. Picture,dense, molten cherries, truffle, spice and earth. Add the viscosity of motor oil combined with intense purity and the perfect amount of lift to keep it fresh and you get a glimpse of what this hauntingly, beautiful wine delivers. The finish lasts well over 60 seconds. At 26 years of age, this is still young. If well stored, 1985 La Turque could easily remain at this level, or even improve for another 10-15 years. It's not often that expensive wines deliver an experience equal to the cost of the wine. If you ever wanted to know what one of the world's great wines taste like at maturity, this might be the wine to buy.
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(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) A trio of 1985 Guigal La La’s were last, plus a bonus wine. Practice agreed with theory for this flight, at least in my book. I was not loving the 1985 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque. There were aromas of lavender, bacon, menthol and gyro meat. Its palate had olive and dark fruit flavors but was also a touch oaky, and the wine was simpler than I wanted it to be
(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) The last wine from the Golden Cellar was another glorious 1985 Guigal, a 1985 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque. This wine was singing right now, still young and very fresh, but showing many mature nuances and complexities and big-time menthol, bacon, earth, cassis and chocolate aromas and flavors
(Guigal Cote Rotie 'La Turque') was a nice follow up to the Grange, but the Grange was in such a good spot that it stole the show from the La Turque's usual limelight. Its nose was beefy and bacony with lots of that classic Cote Rotie, gamy, waify whiff. There was menthol and very deep black and purple fruits. Its palate was rich and bacony with more gamy fruit, and the LT was very smooth on the palate, more so than I remembered at first, although it did gain in the glass and come out a bit more to reveal good, but not mammoth, grip