2012 Guigal Cote Rotie la Turque

Syrah - 750ML
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JD 98 WA 98 JS 97 WS 97 DC 96 JR 96 VN 94
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, April 2020

Not far off the exuberant style of the 2011, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Turque (93% Syrah and 7% Viognier) is nevertheless slightly more reserved and will benefit from another couple of years of bottle age. Nevertheless, it’s...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2016

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...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, October 2016

Made from syrah and 7% viognier, this has an intriguingly assertive yet elegant stance. it's compact, powerful and composed. Very complex, fragrant notes on the nose of orange zest, pepper, cloves and cardamom: It's all...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, July 2016

Features warm fig bread and ganache notes out front, followed by densely layered blackberry, plum and black currant reduction flavors. Ganache details echo through the finish, along with Turkish coffee and smoldering...
DC 96

Decanter, November 2021

Much more developed than the 2016 and 2017 tasted alongside. Voluminous, rich, voluptuous, really mouth-coating tannins, great intensity and impact as well as huge length. A very generous, rich expression with touches of...
JR 96

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2013

(19/20) Peppery nose with great richness underneath. Angular and forceful. Like a train driving itself over the palate. Lots going on here! Punch and power. This sample stood up the best of the three.
VN 94

Vinous, July 2017

Youthful violet. Powerful, smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits and incense on the explosively perfumed nose. Stains the palate with sweet blueberry, cherry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%

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.