Tardieu-Laurent’s Vieilles Vignes Vacqueyras is made from 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. Typically Rhône, it is full-bodied and long on the palate, with intense concentration. Half of the fruit was aged in concrete as whole bunch, with half destemmed and left in barrels. A touch spicy on the nose, this is dark fruit-forward with a mineral edge.
As one of the leading négociants in the Rhône, Maison Tardieu-Laurent have access to some of the most established old vines in the region. Tardieu-Laurent handpick the producers whose fruit finds its way into all of their wines, thus producing exemplary expressions of Rhône terroir at all tiers.
"Mid crimson. Spicy, transparent nose. Broad and polished. Tastes somehow purple and sumptuous. Not short of alcohol but there is flavour here in spades too."
17.5 points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2017)
"Youthful violet. Ripe cherries and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose. Shows impressive power and depth on the palate, offering ripe blackberry and candied cherry flavors complicated by hints of candied lavender and licorice. The smooth, youthfully tannic, smoke-tinged finish delivers solid punch and leaves sappy cherry and floral notes behind."
(91-93) points, Vinous (November 2018)
"A step ahead of the Rasteau, the 2016 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes shows genuine local character in its notes of raspberry-like Grenache fruit and garrigue shadings. It's full-bodied, plush and long on the palate, with ample concentration and less overt oak than expected. It's 70% Grenache, with the balance split between Mourvèdre and Syrah. Half of the fruit was vinified whole cluster and aged in concrete, the other half was destemmed and aged in barrel."
(91-93) points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)
"Lastly, the 2016 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is a charmer that offers loads of fruit and texture, in a more forward, gulpable, balanced style. Plums, crushed rocks, violets, and pepper all emerge from the glass and it has medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and notable purity. It will drink nicely right out of the gate."
(89-91) points, JebDunnuck.com (October 2017)
"Raspberries and plums with darker-fruit nuances. Fine, chalky tannins carry freshness and plenty of flavor. This has attractive, pared-back purity."
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2018)
"Solid, featuring a core of dark plum and blackberry paste flavors, inlaid liberally with anise, tar and roasted apple wood notes. Gutsy overall, but with enough polish to bring you back for more. The fruit reverberates on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah."
93 points, Wine Spectator (2019)