Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
With its generous palate, this wine expresses itself through a texture that is concentrated and still fine.
"T-L has three cuvées of Châteauneuf, and while this is the least expensive, it’s also the most enjoyable now. A hint of sweaty horse blanket may put off some tasters, but this full-bodied, lushly textured wine features ample raspberry and cherry flavors, copious spices and a long, softly dusty finish"
"Glass-staining ruby. Red and dark berries on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. Broad, palate-coating and supple in texture, with very good intensity to its black raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors. A floral pastille note gains strength with air and clings on a long, sappy and focused finish."
International Wine Cellar
"Michel Tardieu produces three cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape in top vintages. His 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Classique is 90% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. A big, aromatic wine with serious tannin levels, this wine actually seemed more reserved and restrained than some of the Cotes du Rhones. There is a lot going on in the wine. It is gamey, smoky, has loads of Provencal herb intermixed with red and black fruits, but the tannins need further resolution.
Range: 88-90+ Points"
The Wine Advocate
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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 negociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhone, which...
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(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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