Discover 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône with this Tardieu-Laurent six-pack. Four bottles of the incredibly popular Les Becs Fins plus two ‘Super’ Côtes-du-Rhônes in the Cuvée Speciale Grenache and the Guy Louis GSM.
Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins Côtes-du-Rhône 2017
There are four bottles of Les Becs Fins in this pack and that may not be enough. A consistently popular, intensely flavourful, high-quality, and unfailingly moreish Côtes-du-Rhône. Is there better at this price point?
Tardieu-Laurent Cuvée Speciale Côtes-du-Rhône 2017
A modern expression of Grenache–almost Pinot Noir-like. 95% Grenache 100% whole bunch from 70-year-old vines. Lightly fragrant, showing cherry liqueur and sweet spice with fine but abundant tannin.
Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Côtes-du-Rhône 2017
GSM. 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. The Syrah is showing well in colour, black fruit and tannin. Like the Cuvée Speciale, it’s up-to-date, and it isn’t as intense as Les Becs Fins allowing plenty of room for the declassified crus to shine.
"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)
"Organic. 60% Grenache (50 years old), 25% Syrah (40 years old), 15% Mourvèdre (30 –40 years old). Fruit from: Lirac, Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Cairanne, Roaix. Ten months' ageing in one- and two-year-old barrels then eight months in foudres (Tronçais and Allier).
Slightly muddy crimson – a little paler than Les Becs Fins. Also sweeter and a little herbier and less intense. Arguably more ‘new wave’ and definitely more backward. No shortage of alcohol and tannin! I would cellar this for a while."
16.5 points, jancisrobinson.com (September 2018)
"60% Grenache (60 years old), 40% Syrah (30 years old). Big rounded pebbles from Gard. 12 months in concrete tanks.
Purplish crimson. Rich and herbal – one whiff and I’m back down in the southern Rhône! Sweet start and already almost drinkable in terms of fruit ripeness and weight, even if there is quite a framework of tannin. Something serious and medicinal. Long. Good Value'"
16+ points, jancisrobinson.com, September 2018.
"Singed anise and black tea notes lead the way, backed by a core of raspberry coulis. The well-focused finish reveals a flicker of shiso leaf. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre."
89 points, Wine Spectator (November 2019)
"Always a terrific wine, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Guy Louis (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre brought up in once- and twice-used foudres) offers impressive notes of cassis, dried flowers, and spice, with just a hint of background oak. Drink this medium-bodied, elegant 2017 on release and over the following 4-5 years."
(89-91) points, jebdunnuck.com (August 2018)