Complex, sexy and classy, with blackberries, wild raspberries, Asian spices, grilled meat and rose petals mdash; but it is also a bit earthy. Mediu... Read more
A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Vieilles Vignes 750ml Read more
Deep ruby-red. Compelling Cote-Rotie perfume of violet, black pepper, gunflint, roasted meat, licorice and exotic woodsmoke. Lush, round and exotic... Read more
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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.
A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Vieilles Vignes 750ml
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 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+.
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.
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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