2020 Tardieu Laurent Cotes du Rhone Villages Becs Fins Rouge

91 Points Jeb Dunnuck
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A "smoking value" Cotes du Rhone Villages from the experts at Tardieu-Laurent. Packed with dark red fruit and minerally structure, the Becs Fins is a lush and complex Rhone red to match with barbeques and richer fare. A steal for this price, the Becs Fins is delicious!
$26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle

Grape

70% Syrah and 30% Grenache

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

91/100 and "smoking value" Jeb Dunnuck

"A year-in, year-out smoking value, the 2020 Côtes du Rhône Les Becs Fins offers a vivid purple hue as well as a great, classic Côtes du Rhône nose of peppery black cherry and framboise fruits, garrigue, spice box, licorice, and even a hint of violets. Soft, medium-bodied, fruit-driven, yet wonderfully pure and far from a simple red, it's going to put a smile on your face over the coming 3-5 years."

90/100 Wine Enthusiast, Anna Lee C. Iijima

"Edged by fiery notes of charred anise and fine-grained, penetrating tannins, this powerful yet balanced red reflects an elevated expression of the wide Côtes du Rhône category. Flavors of black-plum preserves and crème de cassis are richly concentrated but vibrant, finishing on a delicate notes of smoke. It's ready now but should hold through 2026." Drink 2022 - 2026

16.5+/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Deep lustrous crimson. Very heady, rich plum compote on the nose. Lots of sweetness and juice and then quite firm tannins on the finish. So enormously different from and much more ambitious than most wines with this appellation. The Syrah makes its presence felt with quite a bit of leathery firmness. It may be almost on the market but I wouldn’t drink it for quite a time. There’s still masses of grip here and it cries out for food. Glossy spicy fruit in the middle. Full bottle 1,339 g. 70% 60-year-old Grenache, 30% 30-year-old Syrah. Grown between galets in Lirac, Signargues, Roaix, Visan and Plan de Dieu. A year in concrete tank." Drink 2023 - 2027

Variety Grenache Syrah Mourvedre Blend
Region Rhone
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.50%
Maturity 2022 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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