Maison Tardieu Laurent- Crozes Hermitage - Vieille Vignes

Misleading, this Cuvée tastes a little like a worthy Saint Joseph !
Distinguished, typically “North” - the violet. A lot of depth and density in the mouth.


The vintage
If we look at the half empty glass - or tank -, frustration, and even sadness, will overwhelm us : historically small yields in France. The lowest of the post-war years. Cellars are empty. Clearly, one has to state that climate hazards, methodically, worked against us this year, in a succession of definitely adverse events : an abnormally cool spring caused frost, then grape shatter, on all of Rhone cépages, and, more particularly, Grenache. This cruel Spring followed up on a dauntingly dry summer… In the end, the yields in juice are tragically affected. The Wine grower’s job becomes tightrope walker’s job… without a net. These realities being called to mind, if we now look at the half full glass - and it is our nature to be optimistic -, the words which will come to me are relief, and even… enthusiasm ! These very challenging conditions indeed gave birth to first juices of so brilliant a Quality as they do better than just console us : they succeed in enticing, the Vignerons and us… !
The vines had naturally little load : they reacted magnificently to the extreme conditions of the year. The plant was able to bring its fruit to maturity, without big constraint, in an optimal way. The Wines promise to be splendidly well-balanced !
Year climatically unbalanced, but Cuvées showing balance… the Bourgogne way ! This, by the grace of Old Grenache, which brought to the highest level the singular personality of the real Rhone Wine. Wines are scented, refined...
Larnage, Battis, Gervans, Coteaux sur Mercurol.
Nature des sols
Decomposed granite.
12 months in one year and new barrels. Allier et Tronçais. Then 6 months in foudre.
1/3 non destemmed.
Syrah : 100%
Age of vines: 60 years. ans
Alcohol content: 13% % vol.
Mise en bouteille: Without fining and filtration.


Decant an hour before tasting.
Tasting notes
Misleading, this Cuvée tastes a little like a worthy Saint Joseph !
Distinguished, typically “North” - the violet. A lot of depth and density in the mouth.


"Mid purplish crimson. Heady, voluptuous nose with a strong salty streak running through the fruit that is relatively soft. An easy-peasy introduction to northern Rhône Syrah? Almost sweet in fact. Lots of very fine tannin. Rather atypical."
"Brilliant magenta. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries, candied flowers, cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, blackcurrant and spicecake flavors that show very good clarity and become sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes on a sexy floral note, displaying strong tenacity, interwoven tannins and a late suggestion of olive."
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"Fresh and racy in feel, with engaging black currant and raspberry coulis notes stretched over a twinge of iron. Shows light floral lift on the finish, while the fruit and minerality plays out."
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"Sourced from the areas of Gervans and Larnage, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Vieilles Vignes is a ne e"
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