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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Tardieu-Laurent Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes 2010
Tardieu-Laurent Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes 2010
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a characteristically earthy wine, traditional in style. It already exudes spicy hints of the garrigues — a typical Mediterranean scrub — as well as pepper and bay leaf. The antithesis of modern and international wines!

Blend: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah

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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.