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Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape France 2009

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A native of Provence, France, whose passion for food and wine was cultivated from an early age, Michel Tardieu became intimately familiar with the great terroirs of the Rhone Valley as well as its many fine vignerons during a sixteen year career as a chauffeur for the Conseil General de Vaucluse. While driving various dignitaries around the countryside, he also absorbed great knowledge of the regional wines and developed invaluable relationships with many important growers, local chefs and restaurateurs. Later, through these contacts, Michel met his future partner, Dominique Laurent, who was gaining recognition as a negociant in Burgundy. Laurents expertise in choosing small lots of wine from old-vine parcels and raising them in barrels of his own making provided an example and inspiration for Michel and the two friends soon began a similar effort in the Rhone Valley. Their first vintage was 1994. Within a few short years, Tardieu-Laurent became known as one of the Rhone Valleys finest producers and Michel Tardieu as one of its most gifted winemakers. Selection and hand-crafting of wines at this level can only be accomplished on a small scale. Today his production remains limited with two thirds coming from the southern Rhone and one third from the North. The wines are coveted by connoisseurs throughout the world and have earned consistently high praise from numerous respected wine critics. Anyone interested in exploring the splendors of the Rhone Valley would be fortunate to do it with the wines of Tardieu-Laurent.

Region: France

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  • 2009

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Winery: Tardieu-Laurent
Color: Red
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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

A native of Provence, France, whose passion for food and wine was cultivated from an early age, Michel Tardieu became intimately familiar with the great terroirs of the Rhone Valley as well as its many fine vignerons during a sixteen year career as a chauffeur for the Conseil General de Vaucluse. While driving various dignitaries around the countryside, he also absorbed great knowledge of the regional wines and developed invaluable relationships with many important growers, local chefs and restaurateurs. Later, through these contacts, Michel met his future partner, Dominique Laurent, who was gaining recognition as a negociant in Burgundy. Laurents expertise in choosing small lots of wine from old-vine parcels and raising them in barrels of his own making provided an example and inspiration for Michel and the two friends soon began a similar effort in the Rhone Valley. Their first vintage was 1994. Within a few short years, Tardieu-Laurent became known as one of the Rhone Valleys finest producers and Michel Tardieu as one of its most gifted winemakers. Selection and hand-crafting of wines at this level can only be accomplished on a small scale. Today his production remains limited with two thirds coming from the southern Rhone and one third from the North. The wines are coveted by connoisseurs throughout the world and have earned consistently high praise from numerous respected wine critics. Anyone interested in exploring the splendors of the Rhone Valley would be fortunate to do it with the wines of Tardieu-Laurent.

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