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