this wine is average to above average
External Reviews for Tardieu-Laurent Cornas
The 2003 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is an amazing wine that tips the scales at 13% alcohol. Black as midnight oil, the wine offers a gorgeous nose of blackberries, blueberries, creosote, and camphor. It is full-bodied, with fabulous texture, a huge, inky, thick mouthfeel, and a long finish. This is monumental Cornas that should evolve for 20+ years.
The Cornas cuvees are the most concentrated, interesting offerings I tasted from Michel Tardieursquo;s 2001 northern Rhone portfolio. The 2001 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is aged primarily in new oak. It has soaked up all the toasty vanillin characteristics, revealing just a hint of new wood along with a wealth of blackberry liqueur, cassis, mineral, licorice, and espresso notes. Full-bodied and opulently-textured, with high tannin as well as extract, this is a 2001 to forget for 4ndash;5 years. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2018.
From yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare, the 2003 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is one of the greatest offerings from this appellation I have ever tasted. Approaching 14% alcohol (amazing!), it was fashioned from two of Cornasrsquo;s greatest old vine hillside vineyards, Chaillot and Geynale. A big, smoky, inky nose of graphite, scorched earth, blackberry liqueur, and roasted meats is followed by a wine with layers of fruit, monstrous body, massive intensity, and a multilayered style. It should age effortlessly for two decades. Unfortunately, the production is a minuscule 200 cases.
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