External Reviews for Tardieu Laurent Cornas VV
Deep ruby-red. Compelling Cote-Rotie perfume of violet, black pepper, gunflint, roasted meat, licorice and exotic woodsmoke. Lush, round and exotic, with plenty of structure under its fat. Very long, building finish shows an almost salty impression of extract and an exhilarating oriental spice component. But the 2001, from a much smaller crop, is even thicker and more explosive.
The affable Michel Tardieu, working with the brilliant Rhone Valley oenologist Philippe Cambie, continues to expand his portfolio, now moving into Languedoc, Roussillon, and to some of the far reaches of the southern Rhone. Notes of roasted herbs, olives, black currants, and tapenade jump from the glass of the dark ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cote Rotie. The wine is exotic, rich, soft, fleshy, and full. Drink it over the next 10ndash;15 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.
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.
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.