The Maison Tardieu-Laurent is a dark fruit-forward style, composed of 100% Syrah and Sérine from vines over 60 years old. Spicy and aromatic on the nose, the palate has a juicy acidity, and a long, sweet finish. Will mature nicely with cellaring.
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. Savoury with mid concentration. Not quite as compelling as the Côte Rôtie, though admittedly much more youthful. A solid effort – and Hermitage is meant to be nothing if not solid. Not entrancing but a true rendition of the appellation. Fresh on the finish but it seems less ambitious than some others within their appellations."
17+ points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2017)
"Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched cherry, blackberry and incense aromas are complemented by smoky mineral and spice nuances. Broad, sappy black and blue fruit flavors show an outstanding blend of power and finesse, and a sexy floral pastille nuance builds in the glass. Impressively lively for its heft thanks to a core of juicy acidity that adds nervy back-end cut. Finishes very long and sweet, with supple tannins coming in late."
(93-95) points, Vinous (June 2018)
"Youthfully tight, with a core of cassis, cherry paste and raspberry coulis flavors still wrapped up, while light cocoa, bergamot, singed mesquite and incense notes weave around. Offers a very refined feel through the finish. Cellar a touch to let this stretch out."
93 points, Wine Spectator (2019)
"Perfumed whiffs of violet, anise and carmelized sugar lend warmth to this sultry, intensely fruity Syrah. It's moderately full and remarkably juicy in style but freshly balanced and framed by firm, persistent tannins. This ripe yet finessed expression of Hermitage is enjoyable now but should gain complexities through 2030."
93 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (July 2019)