Monday, 16 February 2009

Tardieu Laurent






2006 Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf-Du-Pape
Anna visited Chateauneuf Du Pape when she was 3, she tells me that she remembers sitting on some steps. I imagine that it must have been a wonderful holiday!

This wine is produced by the renowned negociant Michel Tardieu. Although not a grower himself, Michel likes to buy select parcels of grapes from vineyards with particularly old vines with a focus on quality.
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape is primarily made from Grenache which is a wonderful strongly flavoured spicy grape variety with upright vines that have a strong wind resistance!

2006 Tardieu Laurent Old Vines Chateauneuf-Du-Pape
Deep dark purple black in colour cased in a thick almost champagne-weight bottle, this wine has a sophisticated aroma of sweet vanilla oak, dark fruit and a licqourice depth.
On the palate this wine is powerful and full bodied with a beautifully soft texture that leads to fruit and a coffee chocolate complexity.
There is a satisfying rich long length to this wine that really stays.
Really impressive wine that I would dream to drink in 10 years time.
98/109

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