1987 Cote Rotie La Turque Etienne Guigal

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Average critic rating : 96.0 points



A blast of roasted herb, licorice, and black fruit scents jump from the glass of this full-bodied, superconcentrated 1987. Very pure, with some pain grille notes from new oak still present, this thick, juicy wine is soft, but its color and bouquet are more typical of a 3- or 4-year-old wine than one that is approaching 10 years of age. The finish is long and rich, with more tannin than in La Mouline. Anticipated maturity: now-2009. Last tasted 8/96. Robert Parker, Rhone Book # B3.

Etienne Guigal, one of the most famous producers in the world, is regarded by Robert Parker as “the axis upon which the northern Rhône rests, a producer whose wines transcend all levels of the hierarchy. He is passionate about making single vineyard expressions using a non-interventionalist, distinctive approach. Best known for his ‘La Las’ (La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque), these “other-wordly” wines are often spoken about in the same breath as the greatest Grand Crus of Bordeaux and Burgundy. However, due to Parker’s main focus being on the 'La Las' some other sensational wines from this magnificent producer slip under the radar. In particular, Guigal’s Lieu-Dit St Joseph offers terrific value. This tiny single vineyard, planted with old vines which range from 20 to 75 years of age, produces a very special wine.

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