($65) Ruby-red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, woodsmoke, pepper, minerals and baking spices. Big, silky and expansive; offers a quintessential, though all-too-rare, combination of sappiness, vibrancy and sheer clarity of flavor. A wine of impressive extract: saline, peppery and strongly mineral. Finishes with superb precision, perfume and peppery persistence. A dead person could identify this as Cote-Rotie.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2004
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Medium pale garnet. Smoky oak, slightly reduced and a little bit spirity suggesting insufficient fruit concentration for the weight of oak influence. Perfumed mid palate and a little drying on the finish. Unnecessarily heavy bottle. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88
One of the least impressive Cote Roties Michel Tardieu has produced is the 2001. Refined, elegant, medium-bodied, and restrained, it lacks volume, density, and length. A dark ruby color is followed by tell-tale aromas of bacon fat, flowers, raspberries, and other black fruits. What's there is pleasant, but the wine is excessively delicate, with an abrupt finish. Drink this 2001 during its first 5-7 years of life.