We recently had Michel Tardieu and his son Bastien in the UK for a dinner at The Palm. Before this I did an interview with them both in our tasting room. Please excuse the awful Moustache (link to Movember blog here!)
At the tasting / dinner the wines were:
Côtes-du-Rhône, Guy Louis 2009 – beautifully fresh yet rich, 24 months in old oak, a serious wine at the price.
Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2009 – a step up on wine 1 and a very savy buy…keep an eye on Rasteau, this one is from a great plot on the mountain.
Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes 2009 – 60-80yr old vines, on big pebbles as per Chateauneuf-du-Pape, lovely fruit with a substantial tannic structure
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2009 & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale 2009 – The difference between these two wines is discussed in the video but in a nutshell the Cuvee Speciale is 100% Grenache which is whole bunch pressed and sees no new oak…it is a staggeringly elegant yet deep wine. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, 100% de-stemmed and sees some newer oak. This is a more modern interpretation.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2009 – this was stunning, rich, slightly waxy and tasting beautifully. Bastien suggested it will go into its shell soon.
Saint-Péray Vieilles Vignes 2009 – 100% Viognier and a ultra clever buy. Freash and white fruited great with the cheese.
What an evening it was….