1985 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque Côte-Rôtie Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


1985 E. Guigal La Turque  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

Just a tad behind the other La La's from 1985, the wine is still tremendous. Floral, with touches of smoke, tobacco leaf, oceanic influences and pepper, red fruits, the wine remains concentrated, intense, rich, long and deep. The vibrant finish is packed with spicy, slightly smoky red fruits that linger. 98 Points

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Served blind, the insane perfume was amplified. Fresh cut flowers, cherries, wild strawberry, fennel, smoke, earth and spice were all over the place. One would think there was no way that could be topped. But when the wine moved from the glass to where it belonged, which was on my palate, I was in heaven. Massive waves of opulent, decanted, lush, silky polished, bright deep fruits coated every part of my mouth, palate, teeth and gums. Other wine might be different, but I am not sure there are better wines as I was speechless. 100 Points

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Oh My God, I am speechless! Words are not adequate to express the emotion, sensation, sensuality or exotic character of this mind-blowing wine! The perfume grabbed your attention. Your nose finds it impossible to leave the glass with its powerful scents of 5 Spice, truffle, incense, smoke, jammy blackberry, iron, cherry and barbeque aromatics. The erotic sensations that coat your palate, take your breath away. Picture,dense, molten cherries, truffle, spice and earth. Add the viscosity of motor oil combined with intense purity and the perfect amount of lift to keep it fresh and you get a glimpse of what this hauntingly, beautiful wine delivers. The finish lasts well over 60 seconds. At 26 years of age, this is still young. If well stored, 1985 La Turque could easily remain at this level, or even improve for another 10-15 years. It's not often that expensive wines deliver an experience equal to the cost of the wine. If you ever wanted to know what one of the world's great wines taste like at maturity, this might be the wine to buy. 100 Points

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Truffle, black raspberry, spice, tobacco and orange peel scents open up in this wine. With sensuous and round textures, this Cote Rotie wine ends with powerful spicy, cassis and pepper sensations. 95 Points

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85 was the debut vintage for this wine which says hello with an explosion of flowers, licorice, wood, jammy black fruit and smoke. The palate is bathed in concentrated black and deep red fruits. This was my first 85 la Turque. I was absolutely blown away. The perfect finish could last almost 60 seconds. If any wine scored over 100 Pts, this would be it! 100 Points

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When to Drink Guigal Cote Rotie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Some Guigal Cote Rotie can be enjoyed on the young side. The Brune & Blondeshould be decanted at least 1 hour or more, Guigal Ampuis 1-3 hours and the Guigal La La's can be decanted 3-4 hours when young, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Guigal Cote Rotie is usually better with 3-5 years of cellaring for the Brune & Blonde, 5-10 years of cellaring for the Guigal Ampuis, and the top 3 wines, the La La's need at least 12-15 years of cellaring. At their best, the top Cote Rotie from Guigal can evolve for 25-45 years of age, depending on the wine and the vintage.

Serving Guigal Cote Rotie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Guigal is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Guigal is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, barbecue, and grilled dishes. Heavy dishes like Chinese or Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, sausage, cassoulet, tomatoes, eggplant, and pasta are perfect for Guigal Cote Rotie wines.

Condrieu, the white wine from Guigal is just right for a myriad of fish, shellfish, seafood, and raw courses like sashimi and sushi, as well as cheese.

Yes, I know the Guigal La La wines are tremendously expensive. But they offer some of the best wine-tasting experiences from any vineyard in any country! They are also in contention to win an award as the most consistently outstanding wine in the world.

In the vast majority of vintages, these wines are truly stunning. Next, consider that they are produced in incredibly small amounts, ranging from 400 to 800 cases for the entire world. Fans of these wines are lucky, as the extraordinary high quality, character, and tiny production have not really caught on with most consumers.

Frankly, these wines sell for prices that are cheap for all they offer. If you're ever going to buy expensive wine, to see what all the fuss is about, these are the wines to buy!