Vacqueyras 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!
70% Grenache (over 60 years old), 10% Syrah (40 years old), 20% Mourvèdre (40 years old). 50% destemmed. Fruit from: Sarrians Plateau, La Ponche, Les Grès and Les Pendants. 10 months in one- and two-year-old barrels, then another 10 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier). No fining, no filtration.
Ripe cherries and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose. Shows impressive power and depth on the palate, offering ripe blackberry and candied cherry flavors complicated by hints of candied lavender and licorice. The smooth, youthfully tannic, smoke-tinged finish delivers solid punch and leaves sappy cherry and floral notes behind.