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Côte-Rôtie La Turque

La Turque is Guigal’s latest addition to the single-vineyard Côte-Rôties. This vineyard produced outstanding wines in the first half of the 20th century, but then was not used for wine production for nearly 50 years.  The Guigals acquired the vineyard and re-planted it in 1980 and 1981 based on Etienne Guigal’s memory of the quality of the wines it once produced, and the first vintage appeared in 1985.  In both position and style, it sits between La Mouline and La Turque: the complex soils lend an exotic character to La Turque, and its concentration and elegance exhibit the virility of the Côte Brune with the subtlety and femininity of the Côte Blonde.
La Turque is around 2.5 acres in size, situated just north of the Côte Blonde and into the Côte Brune on a steep slope that enjoys perfect southern exposure; La Turque is in fact the only vineyard in Côte-Rôtie that directly sees the first rays of sunshine in the morning all the way through the last rays of dusk. This vineyard is planted to 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, with a soil type of silicone limestone with schist that produces clay soils rich in iron oxide. 
The wine is punched down and alcoholic fermentation and maceration last around 4 weeks.  Aging is for 40 months in new oak barrels made at the Chateau d’Ampuis cooperage.
Click here to watch a video of Philippe Guigal discussing La Turque.
   
Côte-Rôtie La Turque bottle