The Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes Crozes Hermitage is 100% Syrah from four sites—Larnage, Battis, Gervans and Coteaux de Mercurol. In the tradition of the much-loved house, all vines used are well-established, being 60 years old or more. One third of this wine is composed of whole bunch fermentation. Spicy and fragrant on the nose, dark berries dominate the palate, with a compelling meatiness. The finish is saline and savoury.
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 purplish crimson. Not the intense colour of the south. Meaty and lifted. Very fragrant. Racy and round. Super supple with a little salty savour on the end. Really very impressive indeed. Not amazingly concentrated but beautifully balanced."
16.5+ points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2017)
"Brilliant purple. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of fresh blue fruits, olive and candied licorice, joined by a steadily building peppery nuance. Juicy, focused and gently sweet, offering intense boysenberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of allspice. The mineral note comes back strong on a very long, penetrating finish that leaves a sexy violet pastille note behind."
(91-93) points, Vinous (June 2018)
"Enticing, offering a soft edge and persistent flavors of mulled currant, blackberry and boysenberry fruit. Features a light licorice lacing on the finish, with pretty spice accents."
91 points, Wine Spectator (2018)