Etienne Guigal
Côte-Rôtie,La Turque, 2003


Northern Rhône Valley

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750ml Bottle

This is a prodigious effort that may eclipse any other vintage Guigal has ever produced! It possesses similarities to the 1999, but it is even higher in alcohol, more unctuously textured, thicker, and longer. Encapsulate the character of this single vineyard in a top year, add more depth, intensity, alcohol, and power, and this describes this freakishly rich 2003. It will be released after spending 42 months in 100% new oak casks, so consumers will have to wait until 2008 to purchase this stupendous gem. This 2003 is literally off the charts, as are many of the northern Rhones in this vintage. La Turque should last 30-35 years. This is the stuff of modern day legends. As for what it actually tastes like, just take my notes for any of the great vintages and add more power, glycerin, alcohol, tannin, and concentration ... that about defines this 2003! Robert Parker 100 points.

Quick Facts
Winemaker (s)
Philippe Guigal
Etienne Guigal
La Turque
Red Wine
Grape (s)
93% Syrah
7% Viognier
Rhône Valley
Northern Rhône Valley
Farming Practice
Bottle Size
750ml Bottle
Closure Type
Natural Cork
Elegant & Structured
Food Pairing
Red Meat
Imported directly

Producer's Profile

Philippe Guigal

Etienne Guigal

Philippe Guigal was born in France not far from Ampuis, in Vienne, on January 23, 1975. At the early age of 6, he was inspired by his grandfather and father who worked together. Throughout his childhood he often joined them in the cellars and frequently traveled to visit the vineyards in the Rhone Valley. In 1992, he started his studies in organic chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Lyon and five years later he obtained his oenologist degree from the University of Burgundy.

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Etienne Guigal

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis; a small, ancient village at the heart of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It is overlooked by unique vineyards where vines and wine have been celebrated for over 2,400 years.
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