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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Cotes du Rhone 2008
Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Cotes du Rhone 2008
(search item no. 117763)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that was aged in a combination of new and 1-year-old barrels. Cassis, leather, vanilla, aromas compose the bulk of the aromas on the nose, and the wine is medium to full bodied on the palate, carrying a fleshy, round profile, good acidity, and a classy finish.
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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.