85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mouvedre
Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a négociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhône, which they mature and blend before bottling. They own no vineyards and don't buy grapes, only wine. Tardieu-Laurent is very much an "artisan" producer, making between half a dozen and 20 or so barrels of each wine. The majority of the wines are from the southern Rhône although superb cuvees of Cote Rôtie and Hermitage are also produced. The wines are all aged in small oak casks (often 100% new) and bottled with no fining nor filtration. Michel Tardieu proclaims himself as a confirmed terroirist, insisting that his aim with each appellation is to express powerfully the fruit and sense of place, never masking these factors with wood.
What The Critics Say
93-95/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Deep bright-rimmed ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruit, exotic spice and floral aromas complemented by a vibrant mineral quality that builds as the wine stretches out. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show superb clarity and focus. The mineral and floral components drive an extremely long, smooth finish given shape by rounded, harmonious tannins. This wine's interplay of depth and clarity is pretty impressive."
18/20 JancisRobinson.com, Jancis Robinson MW
"Mid crimson. Real lift to this wine. Very aromatic and then so sweet and round on the palate! You want to gobble it up immediately. The tannins can, just, be discerned underneath but it’s already all charm, spice and intensity. Great balance – though no shortage of alcohol ... 85% Grenache (80 to under 100 years old), 10% Syrah (50 years old), 5% Mourvèdre (60 to 80 years old). 66% destemmed. Terroir: La Crau, Les Cardioles, Coste Froide, Cabrières, Bois Dauphin. Ageing: 12 months in one-year-old barrels plus 12 months in foudre (Allier – Tronçais)." Drink 2020 - 2033
93/100 James Suckling
"Nice composure and balance of fruit and oak here. Ripe, dark berries and plums are framed in baking spices and deliver a meaty, dense palate. Big fruit and crisp, intense tannins here. Try in 2020."
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