A dense Ruby in colour with a tawny rim starting to develop. A lot happening with the aromatics - black and red berries with minerals, earth, bacon, and dried meat. On the palate - rich and wonderfully balanced in this hot vintage. Medium + intensity, medium minus tannins. After some time notes of high quality kid leather and mild tarry notes. One of the reasons I chose to drink this wine was because of a conversation I had with the importer Ramon of Negociants at the recent Burgundy dinner. He was talking about Brett problems with some Rhone wines from hot vintages. When I said I had a La Mouline from 2003 he suggested I sell it. After 100 points from Parker and 18.5+ from Jancis I was never going to do that. I can report this had not a hint of Brett. This had the fluid tannin structure of a mature Hill of Grace. In summary I loved the restraint, balance and quality of this fine French Syrah given the vintage conditions. Shows great vineyard management and judicious picking decisions were made. — a day ago
3 hrs in a wide-bottom decanter before tasting. A **stunning** bottle of Cote Rotie. On the nose: oak influence at first, but a few swirls and and that is overtaken by a heavenly and musky wild strawberry and blackberry perfume, then some citrus blossom, and as the fruit recedes a bit, it blends into a kind of vanilla compote. On the palate, fantastic acidity and hi-toned, while being weightless and simultaneously dense...just dances on the palate with lemon and sweet blackberry, and a soft leathery tang. Wow, this is unbelievable for being this young. While this might shut down, if it doesn't, I can't imagine how this could ever not be compelling. — 17 days ago
3 ha. 100% Syrah from 70 years old vines.
Nice nose with perfumed notes of red fruit, licorice, mineral, spices, integrated oak, mocha, tabacco, full bodied palate with sweet ripe red fruits, leather, vanillla, dark berries, fully integrated smooth ripe tannin, great balance and aftertaste ! 97DSP — 2 days ago
Nose is crazy pencil shavings. Floral. Very perfumed.
Palate is very elegant. Elegant grapey fruit. Graphite. Some licorice.
Honestly I need to grab more Côte rotie. The right ones are super Burgundian and much less scratch.
Bought from fass selections — 15 days ago
This was the mystery wine and I had a premonition that the Sommelier was going to pick Astralis, the rich Australian Shiraz from McLaren Vale because he had just got some into the Club. “Don’t second guess the Somm”. On 2nd thoughts the La Turque would not be as rich as the Astralis. This wine was latent and ungiving - very solid - leather, bacon and pepper. — 3 days ago
This remains a very feminine styled wine (as I recall from a bottle a few years ago). Nose requires some time to unfold, but eventually shows lots of lively crushed granite, cracked black peppercorns, blackberry skins, and a slight cured meat note. Lean and medium-bodied in the mouth, with savory, minerally flavors and crisp acids. It’s light but flavorful, and seems to have plenty of life left. — 16 days ago