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2013 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage Pre-arrival
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- ABV 13%
- Closure: Cork
Regular readers won't need much of an introduction to the wines of Maison Tardieu Laurent, having been consistently one of the best performing producers in the Rhone Valley over the last decade. The challenge has always been the ability to source enough wine to go around, a task made harder in small volume years such as 2013.It was the lack of Grenache grapes in the Southern Rhone that caused many of the headaches, and which has also defined the character of the wines in 2013. Chief blending partners Syrah (Shiraz) and Mourvedre performed well, and as less obviously sweet grapes the resulting wines show a more elegant, savoury side to the Southern Rhone. What Grenache that was available was harvested late in the season, perfectly ripe with more freshness than seen in recent years. Many commentators have noted how Burgundian the wines look, not a bad thing at all and possibly more to the liking of consumers than recent warm, drought years. Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape were the star villages. In the north it was a similarly delayed season, but a late summer heat spell ensured a very successful harvest. Much of the Syrah in the north had very small berries, resulting in powerful, dense wines with enormous structure. Cote-Rotie and Hermitage will be excellent in 2013. Quantities across the board are extremely limited, but especially the wines of the north. Other reviews....
Another serious 2013 from Michel, the 2013 Hermitage boasts terrific notes of crushed rocks, smoked meats, licorice and assorted blackberry and cassis-like fruit. It has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful purity and vibrant acidity. It should benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and have 15 years or more of longevity.
Jeb Dunnuck - eRobertParker.com #216 (Dec 2014)
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