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2012 Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
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- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
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. 2011 delivered fresh, aromatic wines that are drinking well already.
In 2012 the wines across the board are a step above their 2011 counteparts, rich and fruit driven with good concentration. Likened to a lighter styled 2010 vintage, the wines are again vibrant and expressive, with dark fruit and medium to full-bodied richness. While they will be aproachable on release, the best will live for 15+ years.
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 have steadily been reduced in recent years. Quite simply, they're becoming increasingly difficult to procure. Consequently, we've got in early to secure a selection of the 2012s 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!
Superb and with loads of potential, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged in older barrel and the Syrah in new barrels) is more deep and layered than the Cuvee Speciale. Offering up impressive notes of mineral, new leather and smoky black fruits, this full-bodied, layered and textured 2012 has superb mid-palate depth, fine tannin and an all-around concentrated, backwards feel. It will require 3-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15 years or more. Drink 2017-2027.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate Issue #209 Oct 2013