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
95-97/100 Jeb Dunnuck
"The smallest production cuvée and almost all Grenache from the sandy parts of la Crau, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale gives up a huge nose of cassis, orange peel, spring flowers, and spice. It's full-bodied, incredibly pure, elegant, and silky, with no hard edges and remarkable purity. It's a killer wine and unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage."
94-96/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"From a parcel of Grenache in la Crau (ouest)'s sandy soils, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale is the pick of the T-L CdP lineup. Yes, there's hallmark cedar and vanilla touches, but once past those, there's incredible raspberry and kirsch flavors. Full-bodied, supple and creamy across the palate, it ends silky and long, with intense fruit coming through on the finish." Drink 2019 - 2030
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
"Mid crimson with quite a pale rim. Stewed plums on the nose with medium intensity. Very sweet, luscious start. Masses of sweetness and this is all fruit but (admirably) is not especially hot or alcoholic. Rather fine, polished tannins. Quite sophisticated. Refined tannins on the end. 99% Grenache (over 100 years old), 1% mystery grape! 100% whole bunch. Fruit from the bottom of La Crau on sandy soils. 12 months' ageing in two- and three-year-old barrels plus a further 12 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier)." Drink 2021 - 2032
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