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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

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

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.


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

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.


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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/26/2013

A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Vieilles Vignes 750ml


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

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

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.


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