In 1994, Michel Tardieu began selecting and maturing wines from very old vines and from the best terroirs, following the precepts of his friend Dominique Laurent. While Laurent is known for the concentration of his Burgundy wines, Tardieu has, due to the innate power of Rhone Valley wines, sought to favor elegance and aromatic complexity in his selections. In addition, the luxurious maturation in high quality barrels is a perfect match for the wines of this region.
Promoted two stars in the 2020 guide Revue du Vin de France.
In addition to his classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Mr. Tardieu produces an original cuvée, the Cuvée Spéciale, 100% century-old Grenache, which is incredibly rich and voluptuous. A superlative wine aged in barrels in barrels of at least one wine (no new barrels to best express the sweetness of old grenaches).
Terroirs : at the base of La Crau on sandy soils
Varieties (age of vines) : 99% grenache (more than 100 years), 1% others
Alcohol content : 14,5°
Vinification : 100% not destemmed grapes
Ageing : 12 months in two or three old barrels, and 12 months in wooden tank
Bottling : no fining and no filtration