In comparison to the La Mouline, the 2018 Côte Rôtie La Turque shows a darker, more Côte Brune-like character (which is where this is from) in its broody black fruits, scorched earth, smoked meats, graphite, and exotic flowers. As with the other single vineyards in 2018, the purity of fruit is off the charts, it's full-bodied, has incredible tannins, perfect balance, and a finish that won't quit. It shows that classic 2018 ripeness with no sensation of weight or heaviness. It too has some up-front appeal but won't hit maturity for another 7-8 years, if not a decade, and is a 30-year-wine.
Dark violet. Deeply perfumed black and blue fruit aromas along with suggestions of Moroccan spices potpourri olive and smoky minerals. Densely packed cassis bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors show excellent definition and are underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. The mineral and floral notes repeat on a wonderfully long and subtly chewy finish that's shaped by dusty steadily building tannins. - By Josh Raynolds on December 2022 Guigal produces a staggering amount of wine some 5000000 bottles per year with their consistently excellent red white and pink Côtes-du-Rhônes making up just under half. The Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde usually hovers around a quarter-million bottles per vintage which makes it far and away the highest-production wine of the appellation. Perhaps even more impressive than those numbers is the constantly high quality of the wines up and down and across the line-up regardless of price. The pace is accelerating under the watch of Philippe Guigal (no his father Marcel hasn?t gone anywhere nor has his mother the omnipresent Bernadette). The domaine has been on an acquisition tear in the south buying up Domaine de Nalys and Les Clefs d?Or in Châteauneuf-du-Pape plus a good number of other vineyards in the appellation. Their most recent purchase was the legendary 98-hectare Château d?Aqueria in Tavel. It?s hard to keep up. As for recent releases it should come as no surprise that there is excellence throughout the current offerings which include multiple vintages. The Guigals are extremely cautious about keeping their numerous importers and private clients as happy as possible. The Hermitage and Saint-Joseph bottlings have been on a steep upward quality climb over the last decade and as for the Côte-R