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Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale 2001

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RP:95

  • This “négociant-éleveur” (“trader-breeder”) was founded in 1994 by Michel Tardieu and Dominique Laurent – the two well-regarded negociant in Rhone and Burgundy respectively. Today, the firm belongs to Michel Tardieu. Tardieu Laurent was one of the first domaines that adopted biodynamic viticulture in Rhone. Michel is also not shy about using new oak, or other modern wine making techniques. This Cuvee Speciale is produced from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are close to 110 years of age. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels for 24 months.

Robert Parker: 95
"A debut offering, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Speciale was fashioned with 100% stems from 75-80 year old Grenache vines from the appellation’s eastern sector known as La Crau. This 1,000-case cuvee boasts a black/blue/purple color. While closed, it reveals tremendous concentration along with a formidable assortment of flavors including ripe figs, creme de cassis, chocolate, melted licorice, espresso, and earth. Full-bodied, magnificently concentrated, and pure, with reserves of power, it has the potential to be magical, but patience will be a virtue given its backwardness at present. It’s hard to believe this wine has close to 16% natural alcohol, but that component is completely concealed by the level of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023." (Feb 2004)

 

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