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Tardieu Laurent Hermitage History, Overview
Tardieu Laurent takes its name from the two original, founding partners, Michel Tardieu and Dominique Laurent. Unlike many well-known negociant firms, Tardieu Laurent is not steeped in history.
It’s a relatively young company. Prior to the entering the wine business, Dominique Laurent worked as a pastry chef. Michel Tardieu became interested in the wine business at an early age.
When they began their partnership, Michel Tardieu was already an experienced negociant. Michel Tardieu and Dominique Laurent ended their partnership and today, the company is managed solely by Michel Tardieu. Michel decided to retain the name of Tardieu Laurent.
Tardieu Laurent is one of the top Rhone wine negociant firms. They are one of the few domaines that strives to use biodynamic farming techniques. Chapoutier is another.
They produce wines in Burgundy as well as from a myriad of Rhone appellations including; Condrieu, Cornas, Crozes Hermitage, St. Joseph, St. Peray, Languedoc, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Cote Rotie. In Cote Rotie, their fruit is sourced from Moulin, Chavaroche, Vailliere, Landonne and Rozier lieux-dits.
Tardieu Laurent Hermitage Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Tardieu Laurent is not shy about using new oak, or employing modern wine making techniques in Hermitage. Many of their wines are very modern in style for the Northern Rhone Valley, as well as in the Southern Rhone.
As Tardieu Laurent makes wine from purchased fruit, they focus on obtaining the best sources possible.
They seek out growers with old vines that farm to obtain low yields. Tardieu Laurent does not participate in the vinification process of the wines.
Instead, they send the barrels they want the wine raised in directly to the growers. When the wines have finished fermentation, the barrels are transferred to the cellars of Tardieu Laurent for the aging and bottling.
In Hermitage, Tardieu Laurent produces 1 Hermitage Rouge wine and 1 Hermitage Blanc.
Tardieu Laurent Hermitage Rouge comes from vines planted in the Pierrelles and Roumeas lieux-dits. The vines are on a steep, rocky, hillside terroir of granite and clay soils.
The wines are aged in a combination of new and used, French oak barrels for 12 months. The next 12 months of the aging process takes place in foudres before bottling.
Tardieu Laurent Hermitage Blanc, the vines are planted in the Beaumes, Murets and Pierrelles lieux-dits. The terroir is clay and granite soils on a steep, rocky part of the slope. The wine is aged in new and used French oak barrels for 24 months before bottling.
When to Drink Tardieu Laurent, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Tardieu Laurent, when young, should be decanted at least 2-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Tardieu Laurent is usually better with 7-10 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-20 years of age.
Serving Domaine Tardieu Laurent with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Tardieu Laurent is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Tardieu Laurent is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Tardieu Laurent is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Tardieu Laurent Hermitage Blanc 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 has in past produced a Cuvee Classique, Eremites and a Vieilles Vignes, all from Hermitage. None of those wines are being produced today.
The few wines I’ve tasted from Cote Rotie and Hermitage produced by Tardieu Laurent seem to retain a strong oaky quality, even after a decade of bottle age.
Tardieu-Laurent Wine Tasting Notes
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|2016||Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Floral in nature, with a healthy slice of oak, deep, ripe, red berries, spice, pepper and stone to round things out. Concentrated, round and slightly fleshy, give this at least 5 years in the cellar before popping a cork. 93 Points
2,555 Views Tasted Apr 6, 2020
Oaky, but once past the espresso, you find a lush, ripe, fresh, sweet, smoky, floral wine that delivers its core of thyme, bright cherries and stone with ease. The wine is concentrated, long and round, with an initial oaky presence. Once that subsides, this will be a more interesting wine. 93 Points
3,480 Views Tasted Dec 19, 2019
|2013||Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Oaky, medium bodied, soft and smooth, this modern styled wine will provide its black cherry, thyme, and round textures early. 89 Points
1,906 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Still showing a bit of oak on the nose, the wine is round, plushly textured and offers its kirsch, black and red cherries, smoke, and thyme character with ease. 92 Points
2,652 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2017
Still young as expected, Full bodied, concentrated, powerful, oaky and tannic, the fruit is there, but for now, the oak, licorice and smoke take center stage. Give this at least another 5-8 more years. 90 Points
1,719 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2018
|2010||Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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
4,331 Views Tasted Jan 13, 2014
|2009||Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Concentrated, lush, round, fat and oaky, with licorice, black cherry, jam, and espresso on the nose and palate, Distinctively modern, with a plush character, if the oak becomes less apparent, this will be a better wine. 90 Points
1,934 Views Tasted Mar 4, 2018
|2009||Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes (Hermitage)|
Dark in color, round and almost fat in texture, the wine is concentrated, the fruit is ripe, but there is a strong oaky sensation at this stage, which really needs to dissipate before this becomes fun to drink. 90 Points
1,254 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2018
With an oaky starting point, the wine has layers of sweet, ripe, red fruits, smoke, espresso, thyme and licorice to offer. There is softness and round textures on the palate, but this is quite modern stylistically, and the oaky notes are still present from start to finish. It is a good wine, but I wish there was less of an oaky quality to the wine. 90 Points
1,899 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2018
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
2,962 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2012
|2001||Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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
2,505 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2013
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
3,105 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2011
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
3,377 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2012
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
3,216 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2011
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
3,494 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2010
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
3,258 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2015
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
2,708 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2012
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
3,060 Views Tasted Jun 3, 2012