Rich, opulent, dense. Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is not a wallflower. Composed of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, most fruit comes from vines planted in the La Crau and Mont Olivet regions. This is heavily perfumed wine. Spice and floral notes give way to an intense minerality as the wine develops in the glass. Sweet and juicy on the palate with rounded tannins, the finish is long and smooth.
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. Real lift to this wine. Very aromatic and then so sweet and round on the palate! You want to gobble it up immediately. The tannins can, just, be discerned underneath but it’s already all charm, spice and intensity. Great balance – though no shortage of alcohol…"
18 points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2017)
"Deep bright-rimmed ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruit, exotic spice and floral aromas complemented by a vibrant mineral quality that builds as the wine stretches out. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that show superb clarity and focus. The mineral and floral components drive an extremely long, smooth finish given shape by rounded, harmonious tannins. This wine's interplay of depth and clarity is pretty impressive."
(93-95) points, Vinous (July 2018)
"A wine well worth the extra effort to track down will be the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes. A step up over the classic cuvée, with both more richness as well as elegance, it offers perfumed aromatics of black raspberries, spice cake, incense, and flowers. Beautifully concentrated, with a terrific mid-palate, it will keep for 15+ years."
(92-94) points, JebDunnuck.com (October 2017)
"Nice composure and balance of fruit and oak here. Ripe, dark berries and plums are framed in baking spices and deliver a meaty, dense palate. Big fruit and crisp, intense tannins here."
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2018)