Tardieu-Laurent Gigondas Vielles Vignes 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A dark wine, a touch austere, with energy to spare. A traditional wine crafted in the tradional way.
"The most provocative wine, and to my palate, the most complex, is the 2009 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes. With notes of bay leaf, crushed rock, blueberry, raspberry, and spring flowers, the wine has terrific stuffing and full-bodied richness. It is a heck of a Gigondas that should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
The Wine Advocate
"Despite incredible levels of ripeness - evidenced by notes of chocolate and dried fruit - this wine features a bit of garrigue on the nose and licorive flavors on the palate, which together impart a sense of freshness. Full bodied and richly textured, it ends in a silky dusting of cocoa powder-like tannins. "
"Dark purple. A smoky, complex bouquet evokes dark fruit preserves, floral oils, licorice and peppery spices. Lush and expansive, offering deep blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a smooth, seamless texture. Closes with gentle tannic grip, very good persistence and lingering dark fruit notes. "
International Wine Cellar
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Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a negociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhone, which...
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Learn About Gigondas
The muscleman of the Southern Rhone, Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the Dentelles de Montmirail - a sign of the rustic, edgy flavor found in wines from the area. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and roses, Gigondas creates top quality reds sometimes rivaling its...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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