2017 La Turque - Cote Brune
2017 La Turque - Cote Brune by Guigal, Rhone, Rest of the World
The pioneering house of Guigal truly outshone itself with its illustrious 2017 vintage release—the exquisite La Turque - Cote Brune. Spanning four decades of experience, this wine is a testament to their unwavering dedication to maintaining a delicate harmony of distinct aromas and flavours.
A Year to Remember: Unraveling the 2017 Vintage
2017 unfolded as a year of extreme climatic ups and downs in the Rhone Valley. Despite these challenges, Guigal managed to meticulously craft a wine that promises potential returns for wine investors.
The early warmth that year prompted an early budbreak, nudging the vines into an accelerated growing cycle. This initial rush was coupled with a rather cool summer, providing ideal conditions to develop a nuanced complexity in the grape. The culmination of these factors forged the iconic character of the 2017 La Turque - Côte Brune from Guigal.
Savouring the Signature: Understanding La Turque's Complex Profile
This wine showcases youthful vitality coated in luxurious elegance. In each glass swirls a mesmerizing blend, predominantly composed of Syrah with a flirtatious hint of Viognier. The bouquet reveals notes of black currants and forest floor, gradually revealing subtle undertones of smoked meats and spices.
On tasting, every sip seems to narrate the journey of maturation: the warm spring's black fruit heaviness, the cool summer’s freshness, expertly balanced amid the blissful dance between powerfully silky tannins and vibrant acidity. With firm structure and profound depth, this wine is set to continue evolving in the bottle for years to come.
A promissory sip with an investable future
The 2017 La Turque - Côte Brune by Guigal offers an enticing proposition for any discerning wine investor - a fine wine story enveloped in a bottle. With its perfect synthesis of elemental factors, coupled with Guigal’s proven expertise, it evolves into a reliable prospect that promises satisfying returns and sensory delights.
Indeed, the 2017 La Turque - Côte Brune from Guigal captures the essence of the unpredictable 2017 vintage and then matures this character into an enigmatic pour, making it an excellent choice for those looking to enrich their wine collections with one of the most compelling vintages from Rhone.
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Scores and tasting notes
Wonderfully perfumed and floral, the 2017 Cote Rotie La Turque was singing at full voice when I tasted it. The marvelous blueberry and raspberry fruit is broad and expansive on the full-bodied palate without being heavy or overly rich, perfectly framed by soft, dusty tannins on a lingering finish. It will be fascinating to follow this wine and compare it over the decades to the 2015 and 2018.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 19 December 2019