2017 Tardieu Laurent Hermitage
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
93-95/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Inky ruby. Expressive cherry, blueberry and violet aromas are complemented by hints of exotic spices and smoky minerals. Succulent and broad on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, spice-laced black/blue fruit flavors and a violet pastille quality that builds on the back half. Broad and densely packed, yet lively as well, finishing with sharp delineation, youthful, firm tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence. (all de-stemmed fruit)"
18/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Mid purplish crimson. Intense, very youthful and rather tarry nose – quite different from the other 2017 northern Rhône reds from this producer. Explosive and dramatic on the nose. Some juice in the middle seeping out from between rocks aplenty. Chunky and solid on the palate with a massive potential for ageing. Exciting array of spice and mineral notes on the palate. Very serious stuff. Probably made in tiny quantities but worth seeking out. 100% Sérine clone (60 years old). Fruit from: Le Méal, Pierrelles and Les Diognières. 12 months' ageing in new and one-year-old oak plus a further 10 months in foudres (Allier, Tronçais and Jupille)." Drink 2025 - 2045
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
|Maturity||2025 - 2045|
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