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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.
This shows fresh fruit, intensely concentrated due to the very low yields of the old vines. An extraordinary wine, it is bound to surprise.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
"Opulent, with a warm ganache note introducing layers of blackberry preserve, steeped black currant and roasted fig. The finish unfurls with velvety tannins and a long echo of espresso and graphite."
"My favorite Cotes du Rhone is the 2010 Guy Louis, a blend of 60% Grenache (from Rasteau, Cairanne and the Plan de Dieu) and 40% Syrah. This opaque blue/purple-colored, medium to full-bodied offering displays a stunning nose of forest floor, camphor, barbeque spices, licorice and blue, red and black fruits. This loaded cuvee may ultimately eclipse the sumptuous 2009.Range: 90-92"
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque purple. Aromas of black raspberry, woodsmoke, olive and spices, with a subtle floral quality in the background. Juicy and sharply focused, with impressive depth to its sappy red and dark berry flavors. Shows very good energy and clarity on the spicy, gently sweet and persistent finish."
International Wine Cellar
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...Read More About Tardieu-Laurent
A Cote of Many Grapes
The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...Read More About Cotes du Rhone
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...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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