E. Guigal

Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2014

Côte-Rôtie

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Of the three famous single-vineyard “LaLas” that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Turque is the newest. 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. The first vintage appeared in 1985. In both position and style, it sits between La Mouline and La Landonne: 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.

VINEYARD

The vineyard is around 2.5 acres in size, with a soil type of silicone limestone with schist that produces clay soils rich in iron oxide. Situated just north of the Côte Blonde and into the Côte Brune, La Turque is on a steep slope that enjoys perfect southern exposure and is, in fact, the only vineyard in Côte-Rôtie that directly sees the first rays of sunshine in the morning through dusk.

The site is planted mostly with Syrah in addition to a small percentage of Viognier. The 2014 vintage is 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier.

WINEMAKING

The wine is punched down, with fermentation and maceration lasting around 4 weeks total in stainless steel vats. 42 months in new oak barrels made at the Chateau d’Ampuis cooperage.

VINTAGE

2014 is a great example of how the steep hillsides of Côte-Rôtie, and within them the favored plots, can withstand weather variations to produce wines with ample fruit. There was trying variation of rain and dry weather, but in the end fruit flies were the major issue in the region, causing very low yields. With a calm end of August through most of September, ripening occurred and the wines have fruit, even a generosity, and an openness. The 2014 is an excellent expression of the land.

TASTING NOTE

Enchanting ruby red in color with a powerful, elegant and, dare we say, sexy perfume of red berries, morello cherry and blackberry. On palate we get classic notes of cassis, caramelized berries, spice and even some toasted brioche. There is beautiful harmony between the concentration of the wine and the finesse of fine tannins. This is a magnificent expression of terroir.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Syrah, Viognier

Appellation

Côte-Rôtie

Farming

Guigal uses only environmentally sustainable methods of pest, disease and weed control. They work to conserve biological diversity, water resources, soils and ecosystems on their land. Packaging materials are recyclable or biodegradable. Lastly, they are committed to achieving a zero waste target.

Suggested Retail Price

$525

Reviews

Wine Advocate - “Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked bacon, olives and violets, seamlessly entwined with supple tannins and raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and fine, showing tremendous length and complexity on the finish. On this occasion, La Turque came to the head of the class as the most approachable, exciting and elegant of the three La Las.”

Jeb Dunnuck - "Moving to the La Turque releases, this cuvée comes from a tiny parcel in the Côte Brune lieu-dit and includes slightly less Viognier than the La Mouline, co-fermented with 7% Viognier. It’s always aged the standard four years in new oak. The 2014 Côte Rôtie La Turque is deeper and richer than the 2014 (although it’s not as perfumed or exotic) and offers classic cassis, charred meats, violets, and smoky notes in its medium to full-bodied, layered, oh so classic Côte Rôtie style. It’s already approachable yet will keep for 2-3 decades."

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