Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale 2007
"A 100% Grenache cuvee from the sandy soils of a 106-year-old, biodynamically farmed La Crau vineyard, and aged in both foudre and tank, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale is amazing. Abundant notes of melted licorice, kirsch liqueur, and flowers is followed by a full-bodied, seamlessly constructed wine with sensational purity, texture, depth, and length. The bad news is there are only 2,000 bottles. This 2007 should drink well for two decades or more...94-96." WA 10/08
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale
Stunning, with a terrific range of fig sauce, blackberry confiture, blueberry and linzer torte flavors layered with spice, mesquite, fruit cake and sweet earth notes. The long finish is riveted by minerality. So lush and accessible that this may be burning the candle at both ends, but it does so beautifully. Drink now through 2023.
The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale boasts a dark ruby/plum color and a big, sweet nose of garrigue, new oak, blackberries, and sweet cherries. The wine is full-bodied, ripe, moderately tannic as well as powerful, and rich. It is another wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for 15 or more years.
Rubin-granat. Rotbeerige Nase von Preiselbeeren und Hagebuttenkonfitüre, untermalt von einer dezenten Nelkenwürze, auch etwas Thymian. Mannigfaltig der Gaumen mit wiederum viel roter Frucht, auch Kirschen, ergänzt durch eine typische Côte-Rôtie-Würze, eine grossartige Mineralität offenbart sich nach und nach, samtene Tannine und ein äusserst aromatisches, samtweiches Finale.
The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Speciale is composed primarily of Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. While the two previous Chateauneufs were made from destemmed fruit, this offering includes 100% stems. All from the famed La Crau parcel, it was made from 80-year old vines, and boasts 15% alcohol. Loads of pepper, garrigue, licorice, seaweed, and sweet currant, cherry, and plum-like fruit emerge from this full-bodied, fleshy, ripe, low acid Chateauneuf du Pape. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
Glass-staining ruby. Extremely sexy aromas of dark berries and kirsch, with anise and candied flowers adding complexity. Powerful black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors coat the palate, picking up lavender pastille and apricot notes with air. Lush, creamy and seamless, with excellent finishing sweetness and thrust.
A 100% Grenache cuvee from the sandy soils of a 106-year-old, biodynamically farmed La Crau vineyard, and aged in both foudre and tank, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale is amazing. Abundant notes of melted licorice, kirsch liqueur, and flo... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale 750ml
Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, flowers, fruit pit and sassafras. Sweet, palate-staining black raspberry and mulberry flavors are framed by velvety tannins and become spicier and more energetic on the back end. Big and gripping but surprisingly graceful wine with very good finishing lift and precision. This saw no new oak.