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Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Cotes du Rhone 2011

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Winemaker Notes

An outstanding, extraordinary wine! The Grenache is rich, concentrated and very aromatic, thanks to production being rigorously controlled. The secret of this success is anything but a secret — it's clear: old vines!

Blend: 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This is strongly marked by toasty, cedary oak, but enough fruit comes through on the midpalate and finish to suggest this is more than just another oaky red. It’s rich and creamy through the midpalate, then finishes long, with mixed berry notes emerging at the end.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Guy Louis, which spends two years in old oak casks, is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, and always seems to possess an extra dimension. Dark fruit, damp earth, pepper, roasted herb and meaty notes are found in this mouth-filling, medium to full-bodied Cotes du Rhone.

Range: 88-90 Points

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Tardieu-Laurent, France
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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 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.

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Typically thought of as a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhone actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. White can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.

The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red varieties include most of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.

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