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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins Cotes du Rhone 2009
Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins Cotes du Rhone 2009
(search item no. 110347)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Very severe, strict sorting selections, which made quantities quite small. Notes of red cherries, blackberries and forest floor on the nose. An elegant, medium-bodied red with silky tannins and good acidity, making it ideal for drinking over the next several years.
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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.