Guigal   La Turque   Cote Brune

2012 La Turque - Cote Brune

By Guigal

2012 La Turque - Cote Brune from Guigal, Rhone

For those seeking an exquisite merger of skillful winemaking and the devastatingly beautiful terroir of Rhone, the 2012 La Turque - Cote Brune from Guigal delivers all that and beyond. As a storied vineyard nestled within Rhone’s slopes, Guigal has continually set itself apart by crafting wines with an intimate sense of place and time.


Pioneering winemaking in historical terroir

Guigal, one truly visionary estate in the Rhone, has carved out a distinctive identity within the wine investment world. Their dedication to preserving and exposing the uniqueness of every vintage they handle is without parallel. This is most evident in wines such as their 2012 La Turque - Cote Brune, which personifies the year's climate and specific conditions on the Cote Brune terroir.

The 2012 iteration achieves a delicate balance between the ripe fruit aromas of blackberries and redcurrants, and subtly nuanced whispers of olives and spices - a signature blend that reveals its complexity over time.


Artistry meets outstanding vintage

The climatic conditions leading to the harvest of 2012 allowed for the Syrah grape to fully express its profound potential. That year was characterized by periods of ample rainfall followed by an extended warm spell leading into harvest, thus tooling a vintage that radiates opulence yet retains structure.

In this bottle, you will discover an admirable confluence of abundant fruit ripeness, precise acidity, and abundance of deep mineral undertones. On both nose and palate, it dances intricately through confident displays of dark fruits, exotic spices and understated florals, exuding an irresistible charm.

A wine of such gravitas and stature like the 2012 La Turque - Cote Brune is destined to continue its journey of complex evolution, cementing its place in any savvy wine investor's portfolio. This model vintage serves as a testament to Guigal's winemaking prowess and acts as a formidable reminder of the expressive potential that lies in the heart of Rhone valley.

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Similar to the La Mouline with its forward, incredibly sexy style, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Turque (there’s 7% Viognier in the blend) offers a saturated purple color to go with meaty, smoky notes of cassis, cured meats, chocolate and roasted herbs. It’s a big mouthful of a wine, with full-bodied richness and a stacked mid-palate, but it has a seamless, weightless texture, perfectly ripe tannin and a blockbuster finish. I’d happily drink a glass today, but it should be at its finest from 2020-2046.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016

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