Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes Gigondas is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. Black cherry interplays with spice and herbs in this incredibly concentrated, intense wine. Will mellow with time.
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. Too concentrated to have much aroma at present although one can tell how ripe the grapes were. Massively Grenachoid with a spread of spices and herbs across the palate. There is southern Rhône history here. Real soul. You want to speed up its evolution to see what it will eventually deliver … Very impressive if embryonic."
17.5 points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2017)
"Lurid ruby. Highly expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur and candied flowers are complemented by a smoky mineral topnote. Appealingly sweet and silky on the palate, offering intense red fruit preserve flavors that deepen and spread out steadily with air. Shows candied licorice and allspice flourishes on an impressively long, sappy finish framed by smooth, slow-building tannins."
(92-94) points, Vinous (August 2018)
"The 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a bit tighter and firmer than the Vacqueyras at this point, more age-worthy perhaps but not necessarily more pleasurable. A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, it offers hints of garrigue layered over black cherries, ending on a bright, crisp note."
(90-92) points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)
"The 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is another ripe, concentrated, modern styled effort that has loads to love. Black raspberries, garrigue and violets notes all emerge from this solid effort that has full-bodied power, moderate acidity, ripe tannin and a great finish."
(90-92) points, JebDunnuck.com (October 2017)
"Great depth and freshness here. Spicy oak adds modern appeal to rich, dark fruit and plush, sweeping tannins. Long and polished. Terrific wine."
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2018)
"This offers sassafras, anise and mesquite aromas, backed by gently mulled plum and raspberry fruit flavors. Black tea, cinnamon and incense details line the finish. A bit atypical, with a perfumy wood spice persona, but still appealing. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre."
93 points, Wine Spectator (2019)