Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
Maison Tardieu Laurent is one of the most highly acclaimed Haute Couture négociants in the Rhône. Michel Tardieu and his son Bastien run their Lourmarin winery in the Lubéron, depending on long-standing relationships with what they call their ‘partner vignerons’ throughout the Rhône Valley characterized by small yields, old vines, organic approach, large oak barrels and long ageing. Today the production remains limited with two thirds coming from the southern Rhone and one third from the North. The wines are coveted by connoisseurs throughout the world and have earned consistently high praise from numerous respected wine critics. Anyone interested in exploring the splendors of the Rhone Valley would be fortunate to do it with the wines of Tardieu-Laurent!
80% Grenache (60 to over 100 years old), 10% Syrah (over 40 years old), 10% Mourvèdre (60 to over 100 years old). One-third destemmed. Fruit from: La Boussière, Les Garrigues, Les Dentelles and Saint Gayan. Indigenous yeasts. 10 months in one- and two-year-old barrels plus another 12 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier). No fining, no filtration.
Rich, floral nose with quite a cocktail of different elements. Very open and juicy on the palate with none of the dry tannins of some of its stablemates. The rosy side of Grenache much in evidence here. Very pretty