Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent 2012

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Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent 2012

Last year we were bowled over by Michel's Crozes-Hermitage. It was quite unlike any we had previously experienced, all put down to a new supplier providing what Michel describes as the soul of the northern Rhône, focused, high-toned and mineral. 2012 follows in the same vein, electric on attack. The product of very ripe, tiny berries, it is wonderfully aromatic, offering wild summer fruit on the nose, fruit complemented by white pepper notes, herbs and cedar, all punctuated by granitic minerals. The palate echoes this perfumed character, balancing red fruit and floral notes within a ripe, structure. Although matured in new oak, this delivers just a suggestion of mocha, vanilla and toasted notes as well as a certain richness. This is an extremely rare find in Crozes-Hermitage, stylish and elegant and refined throughout, finishing long. Michel's view of this wine hardly needs translating - "J'adore!"

"Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent 2012"

  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • ABV 13.0%
  • Drink now
    2015 - 2020
  • Biodynamic
  • Cork
  • Dry
  • Vegetarian
  • Br Brokered
  • Original Cardboard

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Tardieu-Laurent

Michel Tardieu is a micro négociant-éleveur, based in Lourmarin, Provence, producing wines from the Northern and Southern Rhone.  

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Rhône Wine

The Rhône wine region comprises two discrete vineyard areas whose landscapes, soils, climates and even grapes vary significantly, resulting in distinctly different wine styles. 

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