Maison Laurent Tardieu - Châteauneuf du Pape

You do not judge the quality of a good Châteauneuf on its concentration, but on the quality of its tannins : here is a Cuvée which illustrates this claim ! Silky, smooth, comforting touch in the mouth. Huge intensity!

Story

The vintage
Strange and paradoxical… This vintage has reserved us quite a few surprises, and
still raises questions. Although described as « Great » by some Vignerons, its strong
heterogeneity, depending on the sectors, imposes us to be attentive, measured, though hopeful.
2018 : the vegetative cycle is early. Spring sees generous rains and heat strokes
alternate. According to “Elders”, from memory one has to get back to the 60’ to observe such pressure of diseases in the vineyard. And, unfortunately for some Domaines, the processing windows would, in the main, only open at the week-ends… The vintage therefore promises to be technically complicated, demanding meticulous, tedious, even relentless work, in the vineyards. Damage and losses vary… but yields on Grenache are historically low… Providentially, once again, we could count on Mother Nature’s final “nudge” ! Without hesitation we can assert that the quality of the remaining grapes, the quality of their juice, is mainly due to a brilliant month of September.
Indeed, the weather conditions during the harvest were almost perfect. Cool but sunny weather, with well-marked, valued, thermal amplitudes… The Vigneron was able to choose in all serenity the ideal moment to harvest, plot of land by plot of land, without having to operate any constrained arbitration…
Terroir
Plateau de Mont Redon, les Bédines, la Crau, Cabrières, Pignan.
Ageing
10 months in one and two vintages barrels - Allier et Tronçais. Then 12 months in foudre.
Vinification
50% non destemmed.
Varietals
Grenache : 75%
Syrah : 15%
Mourvèdre : 10%
Specifications
Age of vines: Grenache: from 60 to 80 years, Syrah: 40 years. ans
Alcohol content: 14,5% % vol.
Mise en bouteille: Without fining and filtration.

Advice

Serving
14,5°C
Decant 2 hours before tasting.
Tasting notes
You do not judge the quality of a good Châteauneuf on its concentration, but on the quality of its tannins : here is a Cuvée which illustrates this claim ! Silky, smooth, comforting touch in the mouth. Huge intensity!

Reviews

91-93/100
"The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Classique comes from a handful of different terroirs (Mont Redon, Bedines, La Crau, Cabrieres, and Pignan) and is 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre that will spend 10 months in once- and twice-used barrels followed by a year in foudre. It offers terrific complexity in its ripe darker fruits, garrigue, lavender, and peppery tapenade aromas and flavors. With a rich, layered style, beautiful balance, and no hard edges, it's one hedonistic beauty."
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17/20
"Mid crimson. Rather animal 'bloody' nose. Firm, dark chocolate notes on the palate with a very sweet finish. Lots of interest here with both ripe fruit and structure —and well-balanced acidity. Fine, well-managed tannins on the end but this is relatively approachable. Dense."
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