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.
"Sourced from the areas of Gervans and Larnage, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Vieilles Vignes is a fine effort. Peppery, herbal nuances stand out against a backdrop of ripe cherry fruit and vanilla shadings. Medium to full-bodied, it's rich and concentrated yet very drinkable at the same time, with a lively finish that invites another sip."
90-92 points, Wine Advocate (December 2019)
"Brilliant magenta. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries, candied flowers, cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, blackcurrant and spicecake flavors that show very good clarity and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes on a sexy floral note, displaying strong tenacity, interwoven tannins and a late suggestion of olive."
92-93 points, Vinous (February 2019)
"100% Syrah (60 years old). Two-thirds destemmed. Fruit from: Larnage, Battis, Gervans and slopes in Mercurol. 12 months in new and one-year-old oak plus six months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier).
Mid purplish crimson. Heady, voluptuous nose with a strong salty streak running through the fruit that is relatively soft. An easy-peasy introduction to northern Rhône Syrah? Almost sweet in fact. Lots of very fine tannin. Rather atypical."
16+ points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2018)
"Fresh and racy in feel, with engaging black currant and raspberry coulis notes stretched over a twinge of iron. Shows light floral lift on the finish, while the fruit and minerality plays out."
92 points, Wine Spectator (November 2019)