2016 Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Speciale

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 95-97
Wine Enthusiast: 96
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"Intense, with a saturated core of dark currant, blackberry and fig paste flavors that ripple with energy due to finely beaded acidity, graphite cut and a lively anise hint. Shows latent grip, and will need a little time. Best from 2022 through 2035. 875 cases made, 20 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Entirely whole cluster, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale still doesn't show a ton of complexity. Matured half in concrete and half in foudre, it does deliver layers of ripe, supple fruit and a lush, creamy texture. Raspberries and blackberries linger on the finish." (WA)

"Deep bright-hued ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, sandalwood, garrigue, lavender and exotic spices, and a smoky mineral element builds in the glass. Sappy, penetrating and pure in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated Chambord, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily as the wine stretches out. Blends power and finesse with a smooth hand and finishes extremely long and seamless, the fine-grained tannins framing the wine's intense berry fruit." (VM)

"The old-vine soul is compelling here with blue-fruit aromas and flavors. Some nuances of iodine and black, inky character, too. Long, suave and powerful tannins make for a compelling, intense and impressive Châteauneuf. Try in 2022." (JS)

"The tiny production 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale is Grenache dominated and comes from 100-year-old vines planted in the sandy portions of the famed la Crau lieu-dit. It looks to be one of the stars in the vintage. Blackberries, pepper, violets, and earth all emerge from this full-bodied, massively concentrated, Grenache that has sweet tannin, no hard edges and the opulence and purity of this sensational vintage.

I tasted six whites from Tardieu-Laurent, all of which were noteworthy, and this estate’s relatively modern, yet clean, pure style always produced a terrific white I’d be happy to drink." (JD)

"Cellar Selection, Aromas of blackberry and mulberry are shaded by ripe bramble and spice in this robustly concentrated Grenache. Intensely fruity and forward now, it has a thrilling spine of acidity and lingering mineral tones that suggests a long future. Very fine but firm tannins frame the finish. -Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)