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I was blown away by the 2019 Côte Rôtie La Turque, which comes from a tiny parcel in the Côte Brune and is fermented with a touch of Viognier as well as a small amount of stems. It too has a smoky, meaty, gamey profile as well as full-bodied richness and tons of mid-palate depth and concentration. It's another serious 2019 with structure to spare, remarkable purity, flawless balance, and a great finish. As usual, it's not for the instant gratification crowd and is going to demand 10-15 years of bottle age.
The extroverted 2019 Cote Rotie La Turque is about as impressive a young wine as I've tasted at Guigal, with extravagant, blossom-like aromas and oodles of cassis and blueberries. Full-bodied, it's simultaneously concentrated and rich yet airy and almost weightless, an outrageous juxtaposition of characters that must be tasted to be understood.
The 2019 Côte Rôtie La Turque comes from a small parcel in the Côte Brune lieu-dit and includes a splash of Viognier. By all appearances, it’s another incredible vintage for this cuvée, offering ample ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruit as well as pepper, smoked game, and flower. Full-bodied, it has more mid-palate density than the La Mouline, ripe tannins, and a great finish.