Tardieu-Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

Grenache Blend|Rhône, France

Artisans first and foremost, Maison Tardieu-Laurent is a micro-négociant run by Michel Tardieu and his son Bastien. 

The 2016 “Vieilles Vignes” is their premier CdP entry; a selection of the oldest vines across the appellation, including the vaunted “Les Cardioles '' and “La Crau” sites. If La Crau sounds familiar, it’s one of the flagship vineyards in Châteauneuf from the legendary Vieux Télégraphe estate. A classic “G.S.M.” blend of Grenache (85%), Syrah (10%), and Mourvèdre (5%), the vines are truly vieilles, up to 100 years old. This 2016 V.V. marks a return after a two-year absence and it’s glorious.

Deep, dark blue fruits and black plum jump from the glass, with layers upon layers of black tea, fig liqueur, cassis, woodsmoke, olive, crushed sweet herbs – this is all you expect from fine Châteauneuf!

If points are your thing, this is a consistent top showing, with a combined 376 points from the top reviewers and multiple 94-95 ratings. Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media calls it “highly perfumed, seamless, concentrated and broad.” The critics consistently adore this cuvée, rightfully so, and so will you.

Eminently collectible, rare, and a long life ahead, with a longevity of at least another 15 years to watch evolve and appreciate in bottle. But limited, so we’ll advise you the same as the importer told us – grab some while you can!

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