($78; aged in Dominique Laurent's |magic casks|) Medium ruby. Wonderfully aromatic nose of cassis, smoked meat, gunflint and violet. Silky-sweet and pliant; considerably more generous in the mouth today than the Cote-Rotie. But then this is more a |wine of the sun,| says Tardieu, from vines facing full south. Suave and superb. Finishes with lush tanins and lovely subtle sweetness from the oak.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Opulent Hermitage that blends local terroir with an international style. Full-bodied, rich and ripe, it cascades with blackberries, raspberries and grilled and toasted notes. But the heavy oak treatment gives it a firm tannin structure and a slightly hard finish that will need time to soften.
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
While the 2000 Tardieu-Laurent offerings are excellent for the vintage, they are significantly less concentrated and textured compared to the awesome 1999s. The 1999s which were given fabulous ratings from barrel, were not tasted from bottle. However, given part experience with bottled Tardieu-Laurent wines, they are undoutedly as good as I predicted from cask. They are not racked until bottling, produced with minimal levels of SO2, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration.
Closed when first opened, but a fantastic wine with some time. Blackberries, spicey with smooth tannins.
Author: Rodney M
Self | Rating: 93
Rich nose of cassis, blackberry and smoke. Almost black in the glass with outstanding richness, lis multilayered and well balanced. We opened and drank and it was right, although i was smoother and richer after an hour. Amazing with burgers. This wine is at the early stage of wonderfulness and will only improve over time. tannins are soft but still intense. i would open for 2 to 3 hours next time.