75% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 5% Mourvèdre
A superb value Chateauneuf red from masters of the form. The Grenache fruit which dominates was from vines of up to 80 years old, with the unfiltered and unfined product of them bottled with the full measure of this rich terroir character. This is already drinking with real dimension and expression, but will also age superbly. Compelling style at a great Chateauneuf price.
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.
91-93/100 Josh Raynolds, Vinous (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, mineral-accented raspberry and lavender pastille scents show very good clarity and pick up a pungent garrigue accent with air. Offers sappy, penetrating red fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavours and a spicy jolt of white pepper. The mineral note comes back on a persistent, subtly sweet, red-berry-dominated finish framed by smooth, fine-grained tannins."
92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
"A ripe, spicy and slightly earthy Châteauneuf with strong and composed oak influence. The palate has ripe-fruit flavours in the red-plum zone, cradled in taut, glossy tannins. Drink in 2020."
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW (2016 Vintage)
"Bright crimson. Really rich, vibrant and accessible on the nose (more so than, for instance, their Gigondas). Very charming with rounded tannins and an undertow of bloodiness. The Syrah gives this a bit of immediacy and freshness, presumably. Really interesting, though not one of the most concentrated 2016s from this stable. 75% Grenache (60 to 80 years old), 20% Syrah (40 years old), 5% Mourvèdre (60 to 80 years old). 50% destemmed. Terroir: Plateau de Mont Redon, Les Bédines, La Crau, Cabrières. Ageing: 12 months in one- and two-year-old barrels plus another 10 in Foudres (Allier – Tronçais). Drink 2020 – 2030."