1998 Guigal Cote Rotie la Turque
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • WS 95
  • IWC 95

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2002
The 1998 Cote Rotie La Turque may end up being a perfect wine. Its smoky black fruits intermixed with licorice roasted meats cassis and flowers create an explosive exotic perfume. The wine reveals considerable tannin... The 1998 Cote Rotie La Turque may end up being a perfect wine. Its smoky black fruits intermixed with licorice roasted meats cassis and flowers create an explosive exotic perfume. The wine reveals considerable tannin immense structure and potentially legendary depth as well as intensity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2002
Very impressive. Intense tannic red that won't disappoint. Packed with smoke charred wood tar black truffles cassis and other interesting aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and rich in ripe tannins it turns up the volume on... Very impressive. Intense tannic red that won't disappoint. Packed with smoke charred wood tar black truffles cassis and other interesting aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and rich in ripe tannins it turns up the volume on the long fresh finish. Best from 2005 through 2015. 400 cases made. –PM
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2003
Bright medium ruby. Griotte cherry roasted herbs pepper and brown spices on the nose. Tightly wound but also quite suave with penetrating black fruit and licorice flavors. Very fresh and precise. Finishes firm and... Bright medium ruby. Griotte cherry roasted herbs pepper and brown spices on the nose. Tightly wound but also quite suave with penetrating black fruit and licorice flavors. Very fresh and precise. Finishes firm and extremely long with slow-building pure fruit-driven flavor.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 1998

Winery

Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.