One of the most respected and influential winemakers in the Rhône region, E. Guigal has become an increasingly lauded international producer. Since their founding in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, their high-quality wines are the benchmark for Rhône appellations.
This case includes one bottle of each of the following: E. GUIGAL La Turque, Cote-Rotie 2012 E. GUIGAL La Turque, Cote-Rotie 2013 E. GUIGAL La Turque, Cote-Rotie 2014
Not far off the exuberant style of the 2011, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Turque (93% Syrah and 7% Viognier) is nevertheless slightly more reserved and will benefit from another couple of years of bottle age. Nevertheless, it’s one sexy beauty! A dense purple color, notes of smoky black and blue fruits, cured meats, chocolate, and roasted herbs, full-bodied richness, and sweet, seamless tannins all make for a magical Côte Rôtie. Give bottles another 2-3 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following two decades or more.
98 points, JebDunnuck.com (April 2020)
A stunning, modern-styled version, with scintillating raspberry purée, plum confiture and blackberry reduction flavors gliding over velvety but copious tannins. Alluring warm ganache and fruitcake accents gild the finish, which sails on and on.
98 points, Wine Spectator
Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Cote Rotie 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.
98 points, Wine Advocate (November 2018)
Made from syrah and 7% viognier, this has an intriguingly assertive yet elegant stance. it's compact, powerful and composed. Very complex, fragrant notes on the nose of orange zest, pepper, cloves and cardamom: It's all really spicy. On the palate, this is elegant and silky with plenty of fine tannin and a structure that's striking for its density. Dark-chocolate flavors are also a prominent feature. This expands vertically on the palate, even if oak ageing has mellowed this nicely all the way up to its creamy finish. A wine of clarity and purity: complex but refined. Drink 2020-2030+.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2016)
An air of deep-set complexity. Plenty of baking spices and toastiness with blackberry, pepper, wet stones and concrete. Extremely complex and fragrant. The palate delivers a supple, plush and luxuriant texture with masses of sweet spices and succulent blackberry fruit. Dark chocolate finish that's elegant and concentrated. Drink now and for two decades at least.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (September 2017)
Super-charming perfume here. Plenty of sweet spice and very fragrant, lifted, lighter red berries, white pepper and mocha. The palate has immense, rich, dark plums, boysenberries and black cherries with a super-fleshy core of ripe, red-plum flavors. Smooth tannins build to a firmer finish, it simultaneously offers commanding power with extreme finesse. This has a lot on offer but really needs some more time to settle in. The pick of the “La La” trio in 2014! Try in 2022.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com (July 2018)