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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph Les Roches Vielles Vignes 2007
Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph Les Roches Vielles Vignes 2007
(search item no. 114082)
boutique wine
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $27.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape Source: Three domaines in the lieu-dit of Saint Pierre de Bœuf

Appellation: Saint-Joseph, located on the west bank of the Rhône River, is a narrow strip of land approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) long linking Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie in northern Rhône. Many of the nearly 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of vineyards that produce Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne are grown on granite river banks.

Vine Age: 50 years and older

Vinification
Barrel Aging: In new French oak (Allier and Tronçais)

Tasting Notes
More mineral than fruity, this delicate wine has a subtle, almost Burgundy-like structure, with fresh and pronounced acidity.

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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.