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.
"Still in wood, the 2017 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. It was in barrels for a year, then moved into foudres, where it will stay for about eight months. Hints of cinnamon and clove mark the nose, but the dominant impression is of vivid raspberry and cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a long, silky finish."
90-92 Points, Wine Advocate (November 2019)
"Organic. 70% Grenache (over 60 years old), 10% Syrah (40 years old), 20% Mourvèdre (40 years old). 50% destemmed. Fruit from: Sarrians Plateau, La Ponche, Les Grès and Les Pendants. 10 months in one- and two-year-old barrels, then another 10 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier).
Quite a deep crimson. Nose much less frank than the 2017 Rasteau’s. Rich, red-fruit compote and then very readable on the palate – almost ‘cool’! Then it all comes to a skidding halt and suddenly stops delivering fruit on the very drying finish. Difficult to read at the moment but very different from the rest of the southern Rhône 2017s from this producer."
16 points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2018)
"Cask sample. Tasted blind. Ripe redcurrant and raspberry fruit with a touch of liquorice and oak spice. Fluffy texture, fairly light body and moderate length."
16 points, JancisRobinson.com (October 2018)
"I was blown away by the 2017 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes. This utterly beguiling 2017 offers a Burgundian, seamless, multi-dimensional style as well as smoking good notes of blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, and lavender. It has the depth of fruit and texture to drink well right out of the gate, but it’s going to evolve gracefully for a decade or more as well."
93-95 Points, JebDunnuck.com (August 2018)