70% Grenache (80 years old), 20% Syrah (40 years old), 10% Mourvèdre (40 years old)
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
90-92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
"The inky colored 2017 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre) should be outstanding. Classic notes of ripe black cherries, graphite, and scorched earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and silky 2017 that has more elegance and purity than most Rasteau out there."
17/20 and Good Value, Jancis Robinson
"Deep purplish crimson. Open and rich and spicy with a hint of meatiness. Prunes and lots of fruit – grunt and appeal. Tannins well hidden under the fruit so it could be drunk quite soon but will probably repay keeping. 70% Grenache (80 years old), 20% Syrah (40 years old), 10% Mourvèdre (40 years old). Clay-limestone slopes and blue clay. Two-thirds destemmed. 10 months' ageing in one- and two-year-old barrels, then a further 10 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier).GV" Drink 2019 - 2027
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Bright crimson. Hedonistic, heady, super-ripe nose with great lift and juicy refreshment on the finish. Masses of black fruit flavours overlay some very fine tannins. There’s something (agreeably) medicinal about this. And you could almost drink it straightaway. Although it clearly has a long life ahead of it. 65% Grenache (80 years old), 25% Syrah (40 years old), 10% Mourvèdre (40 years old). 66% destemmed. Terroir: Limestone-clay slopes and blue clay. Ageing: 12 months in one- and two-year-old barrels plus 8 months in Foudre (Allier – Tronçais)." Drink 2018 - 2026
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