Chris's Birthday at The Bridge Room: Super aromatics - bacon and smoky charcoal, graphite and a real dark perfumed lift. Palate is slightly brooding in style, though it has a silky mouthfeel with some lovely spice to it as well. Needs time obviously but also obviously a very fine wine.
This will be one tasting note for La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque 2005. The Mouline was blood red with a slightly carmine rim. The Turque dark blood red and the Landonne was extremely dark with still a purple hue. The Mouline had a beautiful perfume with loads of herbs and spices and some graphite. The Turque also a lot of garrigue, esp. clove as well as ripe fruits and some (pleasant) medicine impressions. The Landonne had beside the garrigue and fruits, saddle leather, laurel and an enormous intensity. The Mouline on the palate concentrated with very juicy fruits, leather, bacon, garrigue, some sweetness, vanilla, good acidity, sticky tannin and a great length. The Turque had the same impressions and also ink and black olives. Also a great length. More firm than La Mouline but so beautiful as well with the same impressions on the palate! The Landonne really is a mouth full of wine with the most tannin and good bitterness. Maybe the least sweet, at this moment. The tannin is still the most locked and a little drying in the finish. Overall; three beautiful and superb wines with each their own merits. I will score all three the same: 96, but with one or more plusses for future expectations. The Mouline is the most elegant and juicy at the moment; 96+. The Turque holds the middle between elegance and future, but imho it has the best balance at least at this moment; 96++. La Landonne is the most reticent at the moment with the longest future; 96+++. For all three wines; wait until 2020 or even better 2025.
Intensive and deep,dark ruby red. Complex nose with balance between ripe fruit and spicies. Blackberries,black cherries,smoke,pepper,cinemmon,tar. On the palate spicy,drying tannins combined with crisp acidity. Fresh and persistant aftertaste,a bit chalky. Blackcurrant,sour cherries,plum,tobacco,pepper. Great balance,structure and aging potential.
Vertical tasting of Guigal La Turque (Esperanto, Stockholm): Nose with ripe dark berries, slightly sweetish but balanced fruity note, aromatic, mild spice, some balsamico, well integrated oak. Definitely elegant. Initially a bit discrete nose, but amplified in the glass. Full bodied, palate with cherries and dark berries, powerful concentration of fruit, powerful but well integrated and velvety tannins. Long aftertaste with tart fruit and polished tannins. Rather young, although accessible, but will gain from cellaring, 95+.
That the nose initially was rather discrete indicates that it is currently in a bit of “dumb phase”, which is what I had expected of any powerful red 2005 from any of the classical French wine regions, at 7 years of age. Tasting notes from when it was released indicate a more expressive nose at that time. The palate isn’t closed or “dumb” in the same way, so the wine was actually more accessible than I had expected.
I would wait until at least 10 years of age, at the earliest 2015, before drinking, and even then I would allow it several hours of decanting.
Guigal Masterclass Stockholm, 8 vintages of La Turque: Nose: Deep, complex and expensive. Signs of maturity showing. Mature fruit and some pepper, with wet leaves, earth and smoked meat. Some iron notes too. Palate: Full, round, deep and soft. Mature cherries and red fruit. Lovely fruit with great transparency and mature fruit, impeccable balance. A great vintage that is lovely already. One of tonight’s top 3 wines!
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