External Reviews for Tardieu Laurent Cornas VV
Complex, sexy and classy, with blackberries, wild raspberries, Asian spices, grilled meat and rose petals mdash; but it is also a bit earthy. Medium-bodied, the tannins are well-integrated, with an elegant finish. Best from 2004 through 2015.
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.
After the potentially perfect 1999 Cote Rotie, it is not surprising that the 2000 Cote Rotie (100% Syrah from 20ndash;60-year old vines) seems merely mortal. While it lacks the fatness and majestic depth of the 1999, the 2000 reveals adequate tannin, an earthy, olive, and black currant-scented nose, a good, but uninspiring mid-palate, and a dry finish. If the prolonged elevage sur-lie works as well as Michel Tardieu hopes, the mid-palate should fill out. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2016.
Medium-ruby. Sauvage, roasted aromas of cassis, violet, minerals and licorice; really quite bright and expressive today. Thick but sappy in the mouth, already showing a panoply of flavors: smoked meat, bacon fat, leather, violet, brown spices. Very long and aromatic on the aftertaste. This is measurably low in acidity, according to Tardieu, yet comes across as vibrant and light on its feet.
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 terrific 2003 Cote Rotie is a blend of fruit from various sites, most notably Landonne, Moulin, Chavaroche, Vaillere, and Champins, with vines averaging half a century in age. Unlike some Cote Rotie producers, Michel Tardieu did not make the mistake of overly acidifying based on a fear that the wine was too massive and lacking acidity. Acid levels actually rose during fermentation, which fooled some of the overly zealous oenologists who had already added acidity. Tardieu-Laurentrsquo;s 2003 Cote Rotie boasts an inky/purple color along with a glorious perfume of creme de cassis, violets, espresso roast, and a hint of scorched earth. Revealing a superb texture, stupendous richness, and no evidence of new oak because of amazing concentration, this opulent, generously-styled Cote Rotie will be at its finest in 2ndash;4 years, and will drink well for 15+.
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