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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Tardieu-Laurent Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes 2007
Tardieu-Laurent Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes 2007
(search item no. 114081)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $21.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape Source: Two domaines in Larnage, Battis and Mercurol

Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage is northern Rhône's largest appellation. Located on the right bank of the Rhône River, it almost completely surrounds the Hermitage appellation. The 250 acres of vineyards are mostly on the flatlands that spread out south and east of the hillsides of Hermitage. Syrah, Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are grown here.

Vine Age: 50 years and older

Soil: Clay and granite

Barrel Aging: An average of 20 months in new French oak (Allier and Tronçais)

Tasting Notes
There is no denying this wine of its terroir. It hums of its unmistakable origins and offers an original hint at licorice.

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About Tardieu-Laurent:

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 négociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhône, which they mature and blend before bottling. They own no vineyards and don't buy grapes, only wine.

Tardieu-Laurent is very much an "artisan" producer, making between half a dozen and 20 or so barrels of each wine. The majority of the wines are from the southern Rhône although superb cuvees of Cote Rôtie and Hermitage are also produced. The wines are all aged in small oak casks (often 100% new) and bottled with no fining nor filtration. Michel Tardieu proclaims himself as a confirmed terroirist, insisting that his aim with each appellation is to express powerfully the fruit and sense of place, never masking these factors with wood.