Maison Tardieu Laurent - Saint Joseph - Vieilles Vignes

The magic of the «Great Terroirs” operated. Once again. Witty and Stylish. With features of a “little Côte Rôtie”. Advice to the Amateurs… !

Presentation

The vintage
Like 1991 coming after 1990, this Great Vintage - as this is a Great
Vintage - may go somewhat unnoticed, after the celebrated 2015,
and in the shade of its dazzling southern cousin...
A certain heterogeneity amongst Red Wines, a gorgeous aromatic definition in the white Wines. All Northern wines will not necessarily be successful this year. The harvest was generous. Sometimes even a little too generous. The quality of some cuvées undeniably suffered, on some sectors. However, and as always, the “reasonable and serious” Vignerons produced superbly colorful, stylish, and mineral Wines, which ranks this 2016 Vintage in the elite of the successful Vintages. with full, juicy, and silkiest Wines !
Terroir
La Madonne sur Chavanay, Coteaux Vitrine sur Saint-Pierre-de-Bœuf, Sainte-Epine sur St-Jean de Muzols, les Oliviers sur Mauves.
Nature des sols
Hard and decomposed granits.
Maturing
12 months in new and one vintage barrels. Allier et Tronçais. Then 8 months in foudre.
Vinification
1/3 non distemmed.
Varietals
Serine
Syrah
Technical specifications
Age of vines: Serine: over 100 years, Syrah: 60 years. ans
Alcohol content: 12,5% % vol.
Mise en bouteille: Without fining and filtration.

Tasting advices

Serving
16°C
Decant an hour before tasting.
Tasting notes
The magic of the «Great Terroirs” operated. Once again. Witty and Stylish. With features of a “little Côte Rôtie”. Advice to the Amateurs… !

Reviews and Awards

91/100
"Fresh, with a juicy edge to the mix of raspberry and red currant coulis flavors, laced with singed mesquite, tobacco and olive hints. Offers a light brambly feel through the finish. "
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16,5/20
"Very ripe and sweet – almost too much so. I miss the salty savour of most northern Rhône wines but perhaps I am looking a gift horse of ripeness in the mouth. Floral notes – most unusual. Perhaps those are the Sérine? This almost seems a curiosity. It’s certainly not classic St-Jospeh, though it does finish very neatly on a savoury note. Very transparent – almost filigree. This could almost be a (caricature of a) Lafarge Volnay …"
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16/20
"Le Saint-Joseph est d'avantage connoté par le graphite: qui épouse le granite."

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