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2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Vacqueyras

2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Vacqueyras

93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Vacqueyras
93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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A superb red from one of the best villages in the Rhone. Made from vines over 60 years old that are organically farmed, this is seriously deep and plush Vacqueyras from an absolutely wonderful vintage. Dark and defined with an open expression and real X factor too, this stylish and satisfying red from Tardieu will drink beautifully now or improve with age.

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$44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

Its Origins

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

91-93/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds

"Youthful violet. Ripe cherries and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose. Shows impressive power and depth on the palate, offering ripe blackberry and candied cherry flavors complicated by hints of candied lavender and licorice. The smooth, youthfully tannic, smoke-tinged finish delivers solid punch and leaves sappy cherry and floral notes behind."

91-93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski

"A step ahead of the Rasteau, the 2016 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes shows genuine local character in its notes of raspberry-like Grenache fruit and garrigue shadings. It's full-bodied, plush and long on the palate, with ample concentration and less overt oak than expected. It's 70% Grenache, with the balance split between Mourvèdre and Syrah. Half of the fruit was vinified whole cluster and aged in concrete, the other half was destemmed and aged in barrel." Drink 2018 - 2025

17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Jancis Robinson

"Mid crimson. Spicy, transparent nose. Broad and polished. Tastes somehow purple and sumptuous. Not short of alcohol but there is flavour here in spades too. 70% Grenache (over 60 years old), 15% Syrah (40 years old), 15% Mourvèdre (40 years old). 50% destemmed. Terroir: Sarrians Plateau, La Ponche, Les Grès, Les Pendants. Ageing: 12 months in one- and two-year-old barrels and another 10 months in foudres (Allier – Tronçais)." Drink 2020 - 2029

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Grenache Syrah Mourvedre Blend

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Rhone

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    14.50%

  • Maturity

    2018 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with CHICKEN
with GAME

Taste

4

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