External Reviews for Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône-Villages les Becs Fins
The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre. Provencal notes of herbes de Provence, smoked meats, pepper, and black cherries jump from the glass as well as the flavors of this wine, which is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and backward. It will need 4-5 years of bottle age and last for 15 or more.
The enormously endowed 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (a 550-case blend of 70-year old Grenache) reveals a knock-out nose of licorice, kirsch liqueur, pepper, herbs, and spice. It is long and opulent, with oodles of sweet glycerin, great purity, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute.
Intensives Rubinrot. Komplexes Bouquet von schwarzen Kirschen, Heidelbeeren, gerösteten Nüssen, Edelholznoten und Edelbitterschokolade. Weicher Gaumenfluss mit einer breiten Palette an Frucht- und Gewürzaromen, reife Himbeeren, Cassis, Korinthen, Lakritze
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (90% Grenache and equal parts Mourvedre and Syrah) comes primarily from the famed sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as La Crau. This is a beautiful wine that is more elegant than the regular Chateauneuf du Pape, with raspberry and kirsch liqueur notes, a deep ruby color, finesse, acidity, and ripe tannin. It seems to be a terroir-based statement of Chateauneuf du Pape that cuts a style midway between the traditionalists and the modernists. This wine will need several years of bottle age, and should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
Reminiscent of Pomerol's Château l'Evangile, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up aromas of violets, blackberries, and raspberries. Full-boded and intensely concentrated, with backgournd notes of new oak, this phenomenally pure, rich, structured 2001 demands 3-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007- 2018.
Still shrouded by its bacony toast, this has a lot to resolve, but the massive core of blackberry, black currant, fig, loam, dark tobacco and molten chocolate is very impressive. The finish shows the grip and balance of the vintage, boding well for serious cellaring. Best from 2009 through 2032.
Dark ruby. Ripe, youthfully brooding dark fruit flavors are slow to unfold, eventually giving up floral blackberry and blueberry notes and a dollop of licorice. Spicy cherry and blackberry flavors are a touch bitter and tannic but gain sweetness on the finish, reluctantly. This needs cellaring.
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