2001 Tardieu Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1131868 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 aged in 50% new oak) Full red-ruby. Nose initially dominated by smoked plum, roasted nuts and black cardamom, but showed strong black raspberry fruit with aeration. Huge and exotic on the palate, with intriguing notes of caramel and hoisin sauce to go with the roasted plum and nuts. Like liquid silk in the mouth. Classic notes of grenache en surmaturite, yet this wine showed increasing freshness and structure as it opened in the glass.  (1/ 2004)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Reminiscent of Pomerol’s Chateau l’Evangile, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up aromas of violets, blackberries, and raspberries. Full-bodied and intensely concentrated, with background notes of new oak, this phenomenally pure, rich, structured 2001 demands 3-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.  (2/ 2004)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape