2000 Tardieu-Laurent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1320104 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The extraordinary 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a compelling effort produced from 60-year old Grenache vines (425 cases produced). Deep ruby/purple-colored with a beautiful nose of jammy black fruits, melted licorice, camphor, spice, and vanilla, it possesses great presence and a viscous texture, yet is remarkably light on its feet. It is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. (RP)  (2/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium ruby. Full-blown aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and roasted herbs. Thick, lush and utterly seamless, with liqueur-like flavors of black cherry, pepper, chocolate and garrigue. Hugely sweet, fat, low-acid wine with palate-coating finishing fruit and pepper flavors and very fine tannins. (ST)  (1/2003)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape