Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Tardieu-Laurent 94 Rr 2009

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“The wine that blew me away was the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau. I think this will probably end up being called “Cuvee Speciale,” which is what Tardieu has done in the past. This 100% Grenache cuvee tips the scales at 16% natural alcohol. Blueberry, black cherry jam, plum, marmalade, hoisin sauce, balsam wood, and licorice all seem to jump from the glass of this inky/purple-colored wine. Remarkably concentrated, dense, and multi-dimensional, it is a sensational Chateauneuf du Pape that should age for at least 20+ years…93-95” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/10 "Sports ripe, luch linzer torte, blackberry confiture and warm fig sauce notes, but also a grippy, pebbly feel, with lively spice, tobacco and ganache driving through the finish, where an iron edge lurks in reserve. This has range and character...94" WS 03/12 "Glass-staining ruby. Explosive aromas of cherry compote, black raspberry, sassafras and white pepper are lifted by an intense floral element. Then sappy, deep and rich in the mouth, with a chewy texture and weighty dark fruit flavors. Currently showing a serious side and looks to be a good cellar candidate; the finish is firm, smoky and quite persistent..90-92" IWC 4/11 "Even more impressive, with more richness and flesh, the spectacular 2009 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale is 100% Grenache that comes all from sandy plots in the famed La Crau plateau. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color, it‟s loaded with exuberant, ripe aromas of juicy blackberry, black currant, lavender, garrigue, pepper, and crushed flower like characteristics that literally soar from the glass. This is followed up by a full-bodied, decadently styled 2009 that has a rich, seamless texture, beautiful mid-palate depth, and classic, clean finish that highlights chewy, ripe tannin. The fruit and texture will allow this to drink well early on, but this deserves 4-5 years of bottle age, and will age beautifully for 15-20 years...94+" RR 06/12

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Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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Tardieu-Laurent:
Settled in Lourmarin, charming village of Luberon, "Tardieu-Laurent" is the fruit of the meeting between Dominique Laurent - Négociant in Wines of Bourgogne - and Michel Tardieu, a Provençal born with an extreme passion for Wines that are authentic and have character. Now, Michel Tardieu is completely, and alone, in charge of Tardieu-Laurent. Fine expert of his dear Vallée du Rhône, a Region ... Read more
Settled in Lourmarin, charming village of Luberon, "Tardieu-Laurent" is the fruit of the meeting between Dominique Laurent - Négociant in Wines of Bourgogne - and Michel Tardieu, a Provençal born with an extreme passion for Wines that are authentic and have character. Now, Michel Tardieu is completely, and alone, in charge of Tardieu-Laurent. Fine expert of his dear Vallée du Rhône, a Region he has been visiting restlessly for decades, Michel Tardieu tied confident relationships with a number of Vignerons, amongst the most remarkable in each Appellation. Read less

“The wine that blew me away was the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau. I think this will probably end up being called “Cuvee Speciale,” which is what Tardieu has done in the past. This 100% Grenache cuvee tips the scales at 16% natural alcohol. Blueberry, black cherry jam, plum, marmalade, hoisin sauce, balsam wood, and licorice all seem to jump from the glass of this inky/purple-colored wine. Remarkably concentrated, dense, and multi-dimensional, it is a sensational Chateauneuf du Pape that should age for at least 20+ years…93-95” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 10/10 "Sports ripe, luch linzer torte, blackberry confiture and warm fig sauce notes, but also a grippy, pebbly feel, with lively spice, tobacco and ganache driving through the finish, where an iron edge lurks in reserve. This has range and character...94" WS 03/12 "Glass-staining ruby. Explosive aromas of cherry compote, black raspberry, sassafras and white pepper are lifted by an intense floral element. Then sappy, deep and rich in the mouth, with a chewy texture and weighty dark fruit flavors. Currently showing a serious side and looks to be a good cellar candidate; the finish is firm, smoky and quite persistent..90-92" IWC 4/11 "Even more impressive, with more richness and flesh, the spectacular 2009 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale is 100% Grenache that comes all from sandy plots in the famed La Crau plateau. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color, it‟s loaded with exuberant, ripe aromas of juicy blackberry, black currant, lavender, garrigue, pepper, and crushed flower like characteristics that literally soar from the glass. This is followed up by a full-bodied, decadently styled 2009 that has a rich, seamless texture, beautiful mid-palate depth, and classic, clean finish that highlights chewy, ripe tannin. The fruit and texture will allow this to drink well early on, but this deserves 4-5 years of bottle age, and will age beautifully for 15-20 years...94+" RR 06/12

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