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
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Deep purple. Briney northern Rhône Syrah nose. Liquid leather. Admirably juicy for a Cornas. Lots to savour with fruit in abundance and a dry finish. Polished. Undertow of elderberries. Pretty smart. 100% Syrah and Sérine (60–100 years old). 66% destemmed. Terroir: Les Savaux, Les Chaillots, Patou at the bottom of the slopes. Ageing: 12 months in new and one-year-old oak plus 8 months in foudre (Allier - Tronçais - Jupilles)." Drink 2020 - 2026
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