2007 Tardieu-Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Vacqueyras (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes is impressive, yet even now at close to ten years after the vintage, it’s showing a lot of oak overtones, and I doubt at this point they’ll every truly integrate. Nevertheless, it has impressive purity of fruit (cassis, spice), full-bodied richness and a clean, elegant style on the palate. It’s far from classic but still a terrific wine. Drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)
93 points Wine Spectator: "Hyperripe, but racy and beautifully defined, with amazing drive thanks to the strong graphite spine that holds the fig paste, hoisin sauce, black tea and mulled currant fruit flavors. Superlong. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2012." (11/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Fresh cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by licorice and smoky herbs. Deep, focused and pure, with dark berry and candied cherry flavors and a slow-building floral quality. The finish is fresh, precise and very long." (Jan '09) ETA: Late-Dec '09.