Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Tardieu Laurent History, Overview

Tardieu Laurent takes its name from the two original, founding partners, Michel Tardieu and Dominique Laurent. Prior to the entering the wine business, Laurent very different career. He was working as a pastry chef. Tardieu became interested in the wine business at an early age. When he began their partnership, Michel Tardieu was already an experienced negociant . Michel and Dominique ended their partnership and today, the company is managed solely by Michel Tardieu.

Tardieu Laurent is one of the top Rhone wine negociant firms. They produce wines from Burgundy as well as from a myriad of Rhone appellations including; Condrieu , Cornas , Crozes Hermitage , St. Joseph , St. Peray , Languedoc, Cotes du Rhone , Hermitage, Cote Rotie and Chateauneuf du Pape. They have interests in the Right Bank of Bordeaux as well.

Tardieu Laurent is not shy about using new oak, or modern wine making techniques. Oak is not as much of a problem with Syrah , but its modern style with the Grenache based wines from the Southern Rhone Valley is not for everyone.

Tardieu Laurent was one of the first domaine’s that strived to use biodynamic farming techniques. As they make wine from purchased fruit, they focus on obtaining the best sources possible with old vines from growers that seek low yields. Tardieu Laurent does not participate in the vinification process of the wines. They send the barrels they want the wine raised in to the growers.  Once the wines have finished fermentation, the barrels are transferred to the cellars of Tardieu Laurent. Once the wine has finished fermentation, the barrels are moved to the Tardieu-Laurent cellars for aging before bottling.

The best vintages for Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1998.

Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Tardieu Laurent produces three red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape is made from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. The wine is made their youngest vines which range in age from 20 to 80 years. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 24 months. 350 cases are produced on average each year.

Tardieu Laurent Vieille Vignes is produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels for 24 months. The production is 750 cases per year.

Tardieu Laurent Cuvee Speciale is produced from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are close to 110 years of age. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels for 24 months. The production is 1,000 cases per year.

Tardieu Laurent Vieille Vignes Blanc is made from a blend of 50% Roussanne and 50% Grenache Blanc. The wine is aged in new and used French oak casks. 250 cases are produced each year.

Serving and Decanting Tardieu Laurent with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Tardiue Laurnet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Tardieu Laurent is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Tardieu Laurent is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Tardieu Laurent is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Tardieu Laurent also produces wine in numerous other Northern Rhone Valley appellations including: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Condrieu and in the Cotes du Rhone appellation as well.

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Tardieu-Laurent Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Thyme, smoke and red fruits, with a touch of oak create the nose. Medium bodied, with a soft, forward round style, this will drink well early. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah.

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Oaky, medium bodied, soft and smooth, this modern styled wine will provide its black cherry, thyme, and round textures early.

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. From 100% Old Vine Grenache, the wine offers an oak, licorice, ripe, sweet, fat, jammy black raspberry, herb and black pepper filled profile with lush textures and a round mouthful of fruit in the finish. I'd probably like this wine more if the oak was more subdued.

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2006 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage ( Hermitage. )

    1. I do not get the high scores for these wines. Pepper, stone, coffee, smoke and blackberry notes are fine. The wine offers good concentration of flavor, but I find the aromas and plum, cassis and cherry finish to have too much oak. This might change with time, but I am not cellaring any. Still young and tanninc, this needs another decade before it might become more fun to drink. The wine is well made, but it fails to excite me.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2001 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. The fruit seems to have dropped. The wine was on the tart, cherry side that made it not that interesting to taste . Drink up before it loses more fruit.

      85 points - Tasted
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  6. 1999 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie ( Côte-Rôtie. )

    1. With a perfume filled with pepper, kirsch, herbs, fennel, jam and oak scents. This powerful, concentrated wine is rich, mouth filling and intense. Yet, even with all this power, there is enough freshness to give the spicy, kirsch and black raspberry finish lift and balance. This is starting to drink well and should continue to improve from here.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. When first opened, the wine offered strong earth and barnyard scents which faded after 30 minutes. This was followed by licorice, crushed stone, kirsch liqueur, smoke and floral aromas. Full bodied, rich, fat and concentrated with ripe black cherry and plum flavors, this plush textured wine has become more interesting with age. The wood has integrated into the wine which is a much more fun drinking experience than it was a few years ago. This is close to mature and should drink best by the time the wine celebrates it's 20th birthday.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. This is one of those wines I just don't get. I bought a case. I continue working my way through it. There is a lot of ripe cherry, earth and bacon fat as well as soft, plush textures. Where is the problem? At 13 years of age, there is too much vanilla oak in the nose and mouth. It feels dry and woody in the finish. 6 bottles down, 6 more to go.

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 1999 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage ( Hermitage. )

    1. Deep, dark full bodied, concentrated and fat. Oak, blackberry, stone, kirsch, pepper and spice box sensations are all over the place. This intense wine is still a baby. Give it at least another 5 more years. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 1998 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie ( Côte-Rôtie. )

    1. Kirsch, earth, espresso bean, smoke, anise, plum, vanilla, olive tapenade, jam and stone create the perfume. Lush in texture, but there is a bit too much wood in the sweet, ripe, fruit filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. An oaky, modern expression of Cote Rotie. The wine has ample ripe fruit and freshness, but there is a dryness in the lushly textured finish from the oak that takes away from the overall experience. This is ready to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 1998 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage ( Hermitage. )

    1. Blackberry, smoke, raisin, earth, charcoal and fresh herbs. Big, dense and concentrated, there is a lush, plum and blackberry quality to this juicy, modern styled Hermitage. I’d give it another 3-5 years to see how it develops.

      90 points - Tasted
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