Tardieu-Laurent

Negociant
Michel Tardieu
Les Grandes Bastides, Route de Cucuron 84160 Lourmarin
Tel. +33 490 688 025
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 8.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.30 (Friday until 16.30)
Wine Tastings only upon reservation
Mail: info@tardieu-laurent.com
Web: http://www.tardieu-laurent.com

The firm was founded in 1994 by two people with quite different backgrounds, Michel Tardieu, who among other jobs had been serving as a driver for French presidents and Dominique Laurent who is the owner of a negociant firm in Bourgundy.
Very soon the wines from the firm became well known. They succeeded in finding wines from very old vines and from good producers. Their goal was to produce top wines and not to be a firm with great volume of production. They were soon known for the use of new oak, and this is still a kind of trade mark for the firm.
Today Michel Tardieu runs the firm on his own. He takes advise from Philippe Cambie even though he has his own oenolog to take care of the cellars in Lourmarin.
Wines have to be vinified and to be kept in the area of origin until local authorities have approved the right to the name. Therefore Tardieu delivers barrels to keep the wines at the producers until February after the harvest. Then the wines are transported to the cellars in Lourmarin and kept there for the rest of the ageing process.

Wines

Chateauneuf du Pape 
2011: 75% Grenache (80+ years old), 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.
Aged in one year old barrels.

Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
2012: 80% Grenache (80+ years old), 5% Syrah og 10% Cinsault.
From vineyards at Les Bedines, La Crau, Les Gardioles and Bois Dauphin
Aged in one year old barrels. 

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Spéciale
2011: 100% Grenache. 100-years-old vines from la Crau.
Aged in 1 or 2 years old barrels.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes
2012: 50% Roussanne and 50% Grenache. From La Crau, Les Serres and Le Belvédère. Aged in new or one year old barrels.

Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
2012: 75% Grenache (80-100-years-old) and 5% Mourvedre. Aged in barrels.

Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes
2012: 70% Grenache (60+ years old) and 30% Syrah. Aged in one year old barrels.

Rasteau Vieilles Vignes
2012: 70% Grenache (80+ years  old), 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.
Aged in one year old barrels.

Cotes du Rhone Cuvée Spéciale
2012: 100% Grenache from Sinargues, Les Garrigues, Roaix.
Aged in two years old barrels

Cotes du Rhone Village Les Becs Fins
2012: 40% Grenache (50+ years old) and 60% Syrah (20 years old). Aged in steel tanks.

Cotes du Rhone Guy-Louis
2011: 60% Grenache (80 years old) and 40% Syrah (30 years old).
From vineyards in Cairanne, Plan de Dieu, Rasteau and Vacqueyras.
Aged in one or two years old barrels.


Cotes du Rone Blanc Les Becs Fin
2012: 50% Viognier, 35% Grenache, 10% Roussanne and 5% Clairette.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Guy-Louis
2012: m70% Marsanne (50 years old), 15% Roussanne (30 years old) and 15% Grenache (80 years old). Aged in new or one year old barrels.

Along with the Vieilles Vignes range is also made another range of more accessible wines.


Michel Tardieu. Photo from facebook


Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie.


Les Grandes Bastides and its ageing cellar.

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