Tardieu-Laurent 2015 Condrieu 100% Viognier (45 years old, from parcels in Paton, Chanson and Rocharde and Vernon). New and one-year-old barrels.
Deep straw colour. At the moment this is a bit dumb on the nose. There is good weight on the palate but it doesn’t quite have the tension and conviction of the 2014. It’s a little unfocused at present. 14% Drink 2016-2017 £295 per case of 12 ib RRP 16
Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes 2015 St-Péray 50% Marsanne (50-100 years old), 50% Roussanne (over 40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.
Deep straw. Really tangy on the nose – great vivacity and raciness but with a honeysuckle undertow (from the Marsanne presumably) and just a hint of struck match. Utterly satisfying already. Depth and refreshment. I’m not surprised it is already sold out chez Corney & Barrow. Too rich to sip without food though. GV 14% Drink 2016-2018 £175 per case of 12 ib RRP – SOLD OUT 17
Tardieu-Laurent 2015 Hermitage 80% Marsanne (over 50 years old), 20% Roussanne (over 40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.
Deep straw colour. Ethereal and deceptively light on the nose but with lots buried underneath. Great weight and intensity with some lemon cough drops and lots of blossom but no heaviness. Apparently quite sweet, but with a most engaging quinine twist. Racy and refined plus massive density. Should make excellent old bones. Real grip and conviction. 14% Drink 2020-2030 £325 per case of 12 ib RRP 18
Chêne Bleu Viognier 2015 IGP Vaucluse Bottled two weeks ago. Lovely round nose with arresting blossomy varietal character. Quite big and round and it doesn’t have the savour of a great Condrieu but it’s way better than most varietal Viognier. Drink 2017-2018 16
Tardieu-Laurent, Les Becs Fins 2015 Côtes du Rhône 35% Grenache Blanc (40 years old), 35% Viognier (20 years), 20% Roussanne (20 years), 10% Clairette (40 years). Six months in cement.
Pale greenish straw. A bright, sweetish cocktail on the nose. Racy and rich on the palate with all sorts of gorse smells. Medium weight and a satisfying mouthful for early drinking. 13.5% Drink 2016-2017 £120 per case of 12 ib RRP 15.5
Tardieu-Laurent, Guy Louis 2015 Côtes du Rhône 35% Marsanne (60 years old), 30% Grenache Blanc (70 years old), 20% Roussanne (40 years old), 10% Viognier (40 years old), 5% Clairette (40 years old). Organic. Aged in a mix of barrels.
Deep straw colour. Most appealing edge and drive to the nose of this which has masses of energy on the nose and the weight of the Grenache and Marsanne on the palate. Already open and drinkable. 14% Drink 2016-2018 £135 per case of 12 ib RRP 16
Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 50% Grenache Blanc (60 years old), 35% Roussanne (30 years old), 10% Clairette (40 years old), 5% Bourboulenc (40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.
Pale straw. Light honey nose. Quite weighty and well balanced but it lacks a real spark for me. Just a bit chewy and grainy on the end and seems a tad heavy. That’s Châteauneuf Blanc! Though there is some potential for further development. 14% Drink 2016-2019 £275 per case of 12 ib RRP 16
Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2015 Tavel 60% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 5% Syrah. All between 40 and 50 years old. Rounded pebbles and sandy soils in Vallongue. Six months in concrete.
Very pale tomato red but not the strong orange you can find in many a Tavel. Clean, even a tad neutral on the nose. But certainly not hot or heavy. Reasonably energetic but I’m struggling to find any superiority over many other rosés. It’s technically fine but just very slightly sticky and not quite at its peak. 14% Drink 2016-2017 £135 per case of 12 ib RRP 15.5