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, Michel Tardieu produces a cuvée Vieilles Vignes, a blend of grenache (80%, 80 to over 100 years), mourvèdre (10%, 60 to 80 years) and syrah (10%, 50 years), more tense and spicier (pepper, clove, laurel), an interminable finish, a wine of great style and long ageing potential.
Terroirs : La Crau, Les Gardioles, La Janasse, Coste Froide, Bois Dauphin
Varieties (age of vines) : 80% grenache (80 to more than 100 years), 10% syrah (50 years), 10% mourvèdre (60 to 80 years)
Alcohol content : 14,5°
Vinification : 1/2 not destemmed grapes
Ageing : 12 months in one old barrels, and 12 months in wooden tank
Bottling : no fining and no filtration