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
"Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched cherry, blackberry and incense aromas are complemented by smoky mineral and spice nuances. Broad, sappy black and blue fruit flavors show an outstanding blend of power and finesse, and a sexy floral pastille nuance builds in the glass. Impressively lively for its heft thanks to a core of juicy acidity that adds nervy back-end cut. Finishes very long and sweet, with supple tannins coming in late."
17+/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Mid crimson. Savoury with mid concentration. Not quite as compelling as the Côte Rôtie, though admittedly much more youthful. A solid effort – and Hermitage is meant to be nothing if not solid. Not entrancing but a true rendition of the appellation. Fresh on the finish but it seems less ambitious than some others within their appellations. 100% Sérine, Syrah (60 years old). Terroir: Rouméas, Pierrelles and les Diognères. Ageing: 12 months in new and one-year-old oak plus 10 months in foudre (Allier - Tronçais - Jupile)." Drink 2024 - 2038
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