2004 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, E. Guigal
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Pale to medium garnet colour. Earthy aromas of forest floor, loam and truffles complimented by blackberry, cassia, black pepper and a whiff of cumin. Crisp acidity. Medium level of chewy tannins, a little astringent. Long finish.
In 2006 Marcel Guigal was awarded the Decanter Man of the Year award for his contributions and dedication to the Rhône Valley. His three iconic ‘La La’s’ (La Turque, La Mouline and La Landonne) are, in qualitative terms, the very best vineyards in the Northern Rhône’s Côte-Rôtie appellation.
The steep slopes and sweltering plateaus of the Rhône Valley almost seem as though they would create conditions so harsh that it would be impossible to grow vines. However, it is believed that vines were first introduced to the region around 600 BC and they have flourished there ever since. The wines produced from these unforgiving vineyards are often amongst the best in France, with some, even comparable to the greatest wines of Bordeaux. The styles may differ throughout the region, but the Rhône's concentrated, spicy, fruit-driven wines are usually of high quality and provide great value.
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