80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
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.
94-95/100 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (2017 Vintage)
"Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh spice-tinged dark berries, cherry cola, incense and potpourri, and a smoky mineral nuance emerges with air. Lush black raspberry, cherry pie and lavender pastille flavours show superb depth as well as surprising energy, and steadily become sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on a long, sappy finish framed by velvety, slow-building tannins."
92-95/100 Jeb Dunnuck (2017 Vintage)
"Deeper and richer, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, all from rolled stone terroirs and made with plenty of stems. Blackberries, ground herbs, graphite, and spring flower notes all develop beautifully with time in the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and balanced. The stems are beautifully integrated and it has terrific mid-palate depth. It will benefit from short-term cellaring."
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (2017 Vintage)
"Deep crimson. Rich and heady and loosely corseted, but with some savoury aromas that keep it interesting. Big and almost ballsy but with saline notes and some transparency and interest. Drying finish. 80% Grenache (80 to 100 years old), 10% Syrah (50 years old), 10% Mourvèdre (60 to 80 years old). Two-thirds destemmed. Fruit from La Crau, La Gardiole, La Janasse, Coste Froide and Bois Dauphin. 12 months in one-year-old barrels plus a further 12 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier). Drink 2020 – 2032."