1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque

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The opaque purple-colored 1998 Cote Rotie La Turque offers extraordinarily gorgeous, pure black raspberry fruit intertwined with cherry liqueur, smoke, coffee, licorice, and roasted meats. Extremely tannic and full-bodied, it is the stuff of legends. Because of its structure and tannin, it will require 4-5 years of aging, but it promises to last for 25+ years.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 99 RP
Bright ruby. Very floral, lacy aromas of griotte cherry, rose petal and lilac; comes across as almost pinot-like today. Pure, subtle and floral in the mouth; a still-tight wine with terrific intensity and class. Finishes with a powerful tannic spine and superb precision and grip. This reminded me of a great Chambertin-Clos de Beze on the nose, but on the palate it's all syrah.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
A firm, dry, foursquare wine that has power and structure rather than the immediate perfumes of La Mouline, the partner cuvée from Guigal. This is the wine for those who want power with big tannins, and they don't come more powerful or tannic than this. Its aging potential is enormous: after 10 years there should be more sign of the perfumed fruit which is there, somewhere.

Wine Enthusiast | 95 WE
Very impressive. Intense, tannic red that won't disappoint. Packed with smoke, charred wood, tar, black truffles, cassis and other interesting aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, and rich in ripe tannins, it turns up the volume on the long, fresh finish. Best from 2005 through 2015. 400 cases made, 75 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS

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Vintage 1998
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer E. Guigal
Rating 99 RP
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Cote Rotie: The Cote-Rotie will have you feeling a distinct blend of smoked meat flavors and floral notes that bring it all to life, like a colorful salad in a feast. Expect to be greeted by subtle yet delicious hints of leather, plum, white pepper or black pepper as well, depending on the individual bottle.
Varietal Shiraz/Syrah: Syrah, or also commonly known as Shiraz is one of the darkest thick and full-bodied wine filled with aromatic hints of blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy peppery notes. Primarily grown in France, you can easily find a bottle throughout Australia, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.
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