Tardieu-Laurent Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2007
"Highly Recommended...This is captivating, with fig and hoisin sauce aromas and flavors backed by a riveting graphite note. Superlush but defined, with the black tea, licorice snap and perfumy edge of the appellation all lingering through the velvety, lengthy finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault...94" WS 11/09
When the Grenache knows how to stay fresh. Seductive nose of maturity. Kirches red fruit aromas, or even of raspberry jam. At the agitation more fresh (Sage) herbs, that dried (thyme). A hint of licorice. In the mouth, what surprises - me - is the freshness with the absence of drought due to alcohol. Would be almost silky as I rarely use this term for a southern Rhône. In any case, a right wine seductive by its finesse more than by its width/heavy. I like the final which reminds red fruits of the nose, pick up by a little pepper. Tasting date: 02 nov 2012 Opinion on maturity: drink now. Yet progress (undergrowth, game) notes that I avoid on the Grenache suggests that he can wait another 2-3 years like this.
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2004 was a much less challenging vintage in Gigondas than 2003, and the 2004 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes exhibits sweet tannin and a big, ripe, floral nose interwoven with black cherries and black currants, some flowers and pepper. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with good acidity and fine length, it is an elegant but powerful Gigondas that should drink well for at least a decade.
Minerality (crushed stones), blackberry and other assorted red and black fruits are found in the 2001 Gigondas. Firm, with high tannin, and a medium-bodied, fresh, vigorous, long, concentrated finish, it will drink well for 7-12 years.
This is captivating, with fig and hoisin sauce aromas and flavors backed by a riveting graphite note. Superlush but defined, with the black tea, licorice snap and perfumy edge of the appellation all lingering through the velvety, lengthy finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvandegrave;dre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2019.
Michel Tardieu uses about 80% stems in the vinification of the 2007 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes. This dark ruby/purple-hued effort reminds me of the Gigondas cuvees made by the brilliant Yves Gras. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by notes of raspberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, and flowers. The complex aromatics are followed by a dense, full-bodied wine displaying both power and richness. It should drink well for 8andndash;10 years.
A stunning effort that demonstrates the great sources Michel Tardieu has cultivated is the 2001 Gigondas. Made from 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, this opaque purple-colored, structured, dense, chewy powerful offering reminds me of the great Gigondas made by Yves Gras at Santa Duc. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016.