Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great 2010 Rhones from Tardieu-Laurent

2010 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Speciale...$69.99

A lush, opulent style, with captivating blackberry sauce, plum preserves and linzer torte notes draped over dense but polished tannins. Lots of dark licorice, cinnamon and roasted tobacco leaf notes fill in on the finish, which has the heft and cut of the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2028. 830 cases made. –JM
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2010 Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vieilles Vignes...$29.99
Captivating, with fig, boysenberry, linzer torte and blueberry notes all melded together, wrapped with fruitcake and licorice snap and then coursing through the graphite-filled finish. Very dark in profile, with a Turkish coffee note in the background, but great cut and spine overall. Best from 2013 through 2020. 525 cases made. –JM
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

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