20 Great Rhône Wines: Tardieu-Laurent and Les Vins de Vienne lead the way among the Rhône Valley’s quality-oriented micro-négociants
“Tardieu-Laurent has hit a home run in 2007 with its Southern Rhône reds (its 2007 Northern Rhône wines are not yet released). It’s the best lineup yet from Michel Tardieu, who works closely with the consultant Philippe Cambie. The wines are hypermodern in style, with lush textures and dense black fruit profiles, but each appellation they bottle maintains its distinctive terroir. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Speciale bottling, made entirely from Grenache, features no destemming, resulting in a distinctly traditional-styled wine, albeit with a modern facelift, proving modernity has its advantages when applied efficiently …”
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