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Another Wine from 2000

I am often confused by the Southern Rhone Tardieu-Laurent wines for they seem suspended in youth.  This characteristic does make me willing to try any older vintages because even the simplest of cuvees will drink well.  This Cuvee Coteaux from Cornas is still youthful but is taking on some maturity.  This bottle showed attractive spices and wood notes, making for a good Fall drink.   I always wondered why these wines see 100% new oak.  Perhaps the Northern Rhone Syrah reacts well to the wood regime.  I finally found the answer in “The Wines of the Northern Rhone” by John Livingstone-Learmonth.  According to Michel Tardieu the new wood is a good anti-oxidant which allows him to work without sulphur.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2000 Tardieu-Laurent, Cuvee Coteaux, Cornas –
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from parcels in Chaillot owned by two or three suppliers.  These parcels were planted in the 1950s.  It was aged for at leat 15 months in 100% new oak then bottled with very little sulphur.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a medium garnet showing some age.  The light to medium strength nose is taking on mature aromas but still has a young core.  With air polished wood scents come out.  In the mouth this medium bodied wine has tart blue fruit, lots of spices, and a ripe surrounding of red fruit.  The finish leaves sweet spice on the tongue and some meaty flavors.  There is an attractive softness to this wine.  *** Now-2018.

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