Tardieu-Laurent Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Cuvée Spéciale
The winery describes this as a ‘vin de mouchoir’ or a ‘handkerchief wine’. By this, they mean a wine so delicate and perfumed that you feel like daubing a lace (of course) handkerchief so that you might enjoy its fragrances all throughout the day.
However, we recommend that you also enjoy the wine the old fashioned way and drink it. Aromatic, a lightness to the body, built on old vine Grenache, it has a stately elegance. It’s a delight.
Farmed organically (recent low yields attest to that), the juice is vinified with 100% whole bunch. The wine spends around 10 months in second and third use old barrels and around eight months in foudres.
"Organic. 95% Grenache (70 years old), 5% blend of other grapes (70 years old). 100% stems. On the border of Châteauneuf, Courthézon side. Eight months in two- and three-old barrels, then 10 months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier).
Bright crimson. Still rather light nose. Juicy and sweet and very ‘new wave’ Grenache indeed (meaning light and fresh and rather Pinot-like). Lots of fine tannin on the end so clearly ambitious. Very interesting ‘new’ interpretation. I’m just slightly worried about the gripping nature of the tannin at this point."
16.5++ points, jancisrobinson.com (September 2018)