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Tardieu-Laurent

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2016 Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

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.

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2015 Tardieu-Laurent  (Côte-Rôtie) 93

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.

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2013 Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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.

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2013 Tardieu-Laurent  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 89

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

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2012 Tardieu-Laurent  (Hermitage) 90

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.

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2012 Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

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.

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2010 Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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.

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2009 Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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.

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2009 Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes  (Hermitage) 90

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.

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2009 Tardieu-Laurent  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

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.

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2006 Tardieu-Laurent  (Hermitage) 90

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.

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2001 Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Spéciale  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 85

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.

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1999 Tardieu-Laurent  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Tardieu-Laurent  (Hermitage) 93

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

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1998 Tardieu-Laurent  (Hermitage) 90

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.

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1998 Tardieu-Laurent  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

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.

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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.

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