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2011 Tardieu Laurent Cuvee Guy Louis
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Maison Tardieu Laurent has developed a solid following here in Australia in recent years. Their 2007s have been stunning across the board. In 2008, they dodged the bullets, providing us with some of the finest wines in what was a difficult vintage for the Southern Rhone, then they came back ever so strongly with the stunning 2009 and 2010 vintages in both North and South.
In 2011, Michel Tardieu describes the vintage as a "summery spring, springly summer and optimal autumn". The prospect of an early harvest waned with a slightly wet and fresher than usual July, hindering Grenache ripening, but when combined with fantastic autumnal weather, greatly advantaging Syrah and Mourvedre. The Northern part of the Rhone valley enjoyed a similar weather pattern and the fresh July turned out to be a blessing for beautifully aromatic Syrah. The wines display vibrant fruit and great typicity.
Given their remarkable quality and consistency, it's no surprise that globally, the wines of Tardieu Laurent are in bigger demand than ever. So much so that the Australian allocations for 2009 and 2010 were dramatically reduced. Quite simply, they're becoming increasingly difficult to procure. Consequently, we've got in early to secure a selection of the 2011s as direct imports. The prices are fantastic but the quantities available are extremely limited and the wines will be sold on a first in first served basis. Don't delay!
The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Guy Louis, which spends two years in old oak casks, is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, and always seems to possess an extra dimension. Dark fruit, damp earth, pepper, roasted herb and meaty notes are found in this mouth-filling, medium to full-bodied Cotes du Rhone. Drink it over the next several years.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate #203 Oct 2012