2007 Tardieu-Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Vacqueyras (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1052715

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) 90-92 points Robert Parker: "Fashioned from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the 2007 Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes does not possess the power of the Rasteau, but it is a concentrated, elegant wine exhibiting notes of tapenade, kirsch, and soil undertones. This full-bodied, fresh, lively Vacqueyras should drink nicely for 7-8 years. It will be appreciated by consumers who do not want a teeth-staining powerhouse such as the Rasteau." (02/09) 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.

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