70% Syrah and 30% Grenache
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
Jancis Robinson MW
"Mid crimson. Firm hint of Syrah on the nose and then pretty juicy soft fruit on the palate. 60% Grenache (60 years old), 40% Syrah (30 years old). Big rounded pebbles from Gard. 12 months in concrete tanks." Drink 2020 - 2024
Parker's Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck (2014 vintage)
"The 2014 Côtes du Rhône les Becs Fins has plenty of peppery, Provençal characteristics as well as medium-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Cinsault that was aged all in concrete tank, it has rock solid fruit and will drink nicely for 3-5 years...Winemaker Michel Tardieu makes a relatively modern style of wine that never lacks for fruit, texture or personality."
Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2011 vintage)
"(a 60/40 blend of syrah and grenache): Bright ruby. Smoky, powerful aromas of blackberry, cherry compote, licorice and violet. Fresh and energetic, offering sweet dark fruit flavors that nicely combine power and vivacity; shows a peppery spice quality on the zesty finish. The grenache vines that were sourced for this wine are reportedly over 60 years old and the syrah about 30."
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