Clean with a deep ruby core and paler rim, looks young
on the nose its clean medium+ intens with aromas of blackberry, blood, sweet kirsh, smoke, oak and pepper
on the palate it's medium aciddity, tannins and %, high body and flavour intensity with aromas of blackberries, floral notes, blood, smoke and coffee from oak and also a mineral backbone wich i enjoyed very much. Long finish
Balanced with no faults, incredible intensity, concentration, Complexity wil come more with age, very long finish. Outstanding quality 95p
Lunch with Chris and Joey; Non-Blind (Bin 75): Tasted after the 2010 Clape Cornas this was a completely different beast; a large robe of French oak cloaked much of the complexity in this wine but it is hard to cover the velvety power this had; liked this a touch less than the La Mouline from '07 for the lack of drinkability today but it was not given much airtime; phenomenal stuff to follow over the next 20 years.
This is one comparative tasting note for La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque 2007. (Of course) all three wines are still very youthful. All three have beautiful herbs and spices (garrigue) in the bouquet. La Mouline showed some tea as well (but not of the old age kind), beautiful fruits and oaky flavors. The bouquet of La Landonne showed salty licorice, cherry liquor and some green bell peppers as well. In La Turque the fruits were most ripe in the bouquet and combined with the garrigue and the beautiful oak, the most complex and open of the three at this moment. On the palate La Mouline showed its youthfulness again with beautiful spiciness, oak, a firm amount of acidity and good tannin. For La Landonne it is the same, but here the tannin is the most sticky of the three. La Turque has most sweetness and beside that very juicy acidity, good tannin and an enormous length. Overall La Mouline is the most elegant of the three. La Landonne still the most locked, but with a great length and future. La Turque is the most open for business and because of the sweetness the most easy to like at this moment. It is probably wise not to touch a bottle before 2025 and start with La Turque, then La Mouline and save La Landonne for last. My scores of the day were: La Turque 97, La Mouline 96+ and La Landonne 95++. It could well be that a decade (or two) from now La Landonne shows to be best.
Vertical tasting of Guigal La Turque (Esperanto, Stockholm): Nose with blackberries and dark cherries, notes of ripe berries with a sweetish impression, noticeably flowery with violets, some tar, well integrated oak. After a while in the glass, animal notes emerge. Definitely elegant. Full bodied(-), palate with blackberries, dark cherries, some tartness, powerful concentration of fruit, balsamico notes, medium+ tannins but rather soft and well integrated. Long, fruity and tart aftertaste. Rather young, but accessible, 93-94+.
2007 shows a little sweeter and darker notes in the nose compared to the 2008, and has a more soft tannic structure.
Guigal Masterclass Stockholm, 8 vintages of La Turque: Nose: Great, big nose, with tar, smoked bacon/ham, some notes of smoke/wood, good, deep lovely fruit. Very complex with huge potential and very apparent origin showing. Palate: Somewhat sour cherries and cranberries, great acidity, super clean and exceptional balance, with transparence and great minerals! Exceptional long finish, that lingers in waves of fruit and acidity, and a mineral streak in the middle for the seamless perfection, that lasts for over a minute! This is a big wine, with huge development potential, but a treat already now. Will probably go into history as one of the best La Turques made! 98+ now, might reach 100!
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