Guigal   La Turque   Cote Brune

2003 La Turque - Cote Brune

By Guigal

2003 La Turque - Cote Brune from Guigal, Rhone

Enthroned in the triumvirate of Guigal's "La-La" wines, the 2003 La Turque - Cote Brune showcases a splendour that is unequivocally the result of an exceptional vintage. Resplendent in concentration and structure, this sterling example of the Rhone varietal Syrah is firmly rooted in the distinctive Cote Brune terroir.


Distinctive Dance of the Varietal and Vintage

Inimitably encapsulating its birthyear's torrid summer, the 2003 La Turque exudes a veritable cornucopia of aromas, brimming with ripe black cherries, dark chocolate, and toasty French oak seasoned with alluring hints of black olives and game. Such is the concentration of this stellar vintage that it defies traditional expressions of Syrah. Instead, it heralds a rich tapestry that sees warmer tones interwoven with the classic elements.

On the palate, this fine wine shows extraordinary dense, layered flavours, demonstrating the vicissitudes of an unusually hot vintage in Rhone. The emblematic pepper notes vie for attention alongside swirling smoky plums and Turkish delight nuances.


Climatic Conditions Carving a Classic Cult Wine Investment

When seeking optimal fine wine investment opportunities, one naturally gravitates toward distinguished offerings such as Guigal's 2003 La Turque. This significance stems from its humble origins - a small plot of vertiginous slopes, assiduously tended by Guigal to coax the utmost potential from each vine against a backdrop of an unforgettably warm growing season.

The winery's meticulous craftsmanship has resulted in a wine with remarkable aging potential - an essential aspect for discerning wine investors. The stringent selection process and prolonged barrel aging for forty months further ensures a monumental Syrah bottle that will continue to evolve over time.

In summation, the 2003 La Turque - Cote Brune from Guigal is a captivating symphony of terroir-infused fruit and vintage expression. A wine of such caliber is, without doubt, an enticing proposition for both indulgence and an astute fine wine investment.

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I’ve always loved the 2003s from the Guigal family and the 2003 Cote Rotie la Turque has yet to ever disappoint. An incredible perfume of smoked herbs, charred meats, violets, licorice and blackcurrants gives way to a huge, unctuous, powerful Cote Rotie that has masses of ripe, sweet tannin, full-bodied richness and a finish that just won’t quit. Enjoy this heavenly elixir over the coming 2-3 decades.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016

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