2007 Tardieu-Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau (Pre-Arrival)
91-94 points Robert Parker: "The inky/purple-colored 2007 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache from the blue clay sectors of Rasteau) is a dense, masculine effort offering oodles of fruit, high glycerin, and unbridled power. Forget this blockbuster for 2-3 years, and drink it over the following 15+." (02/09) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and creamy, with captivating layers of fig sauce, crushed blueberry and succulent black cherry fruit, all backed by well-embedded acidity and a long licorice and floral finish. Showy but pure. A real beauty. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2012." (11/09) ETA: Late-December 2009.