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Tardieu Laurent Cornas VV 2003

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Region: France » Rhône » Northern Rhône » Cornas

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Winery: Tardieu-Laurent
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

External Reviews for Tardieu Laurent Cornas VV

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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+.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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