2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent

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Average critic rating : 92.0 points



A blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah from the oldest vines is the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It exhibits a deeper color than its two siblings along with copious notes of new saddle leather, roasted herbs, black pepper, lavender, raspberry and black cherry fruit. This medium to full-bodied 2011 should drink nicely for a decade. ||(Not yet released)||The top values in Michel Tardieu's portfolio include his Cotes du Rhones, which are always well-made. The 2011s, while not as strong as his 2009s and 2010s, are very good. The Vieilles Vignes cuvees from various southern Rhone appellations tend to be around 70-80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre, all aged in old oak casks. I only tasted two 2010 cuvees, which is a superior vintage. Importer: Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA; tel. (707) 963-9661 Wine Advocate.October, 2012


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