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
92/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Pale yellow. Assertive orange zest, honeydew melon and violet scents show excellent clarity and energy and pick up a chalky mineral element with aeration. Silky and taut on the palate, offering vivid citrus and orchard fruit, melon and candied ginger flavors complemented by a subtle fennel quality. Finishes with bright mineral cut and powerful thrust, leaving a suave floral note behind." Drink 2018 - 2022
16.5+/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming
"Tasted blind. Mealy notes on the nose, and rich apricot fruit on the palate. Definite hoppy character to finish, which isn't exactly normal for Condrieu but it works in this context, adding a touch of herbal complexity to otherwise standard stone-fruit flavours. (RH)."
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