2016 Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 88-90
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Plum and blackberry preserve flavors glide through, inlaid with cocoa and melted black licorice notes. A light graphite edge keeps this honest. Drink now through 2021. 850 cases made, 40 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The full-bodied 2016 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes is plush and ripe, its red and blue fruits dressed up with notes of baking spices. It's a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, but it comes across as slightly generic." (WA)

"Brambly, dark and fresh fruit here with some spiced chocolate also in the mix. The palate delivers a wealth of plush, sweet-fruit flavor. Rich and fluid. Lots to like here. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2016 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes was one of my favorites in the lineup and this beauty has everything you could want from this appellation. Chocolate, black fruits, espresso and graphite aromas give way to a ripe, building, concentrated 2016 that has fabulous purity. It has plenty of tannins as well, but they’re mostly covered by loads of fruit at the moment. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy through 2026.

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)

"Editors' Choice, This bold, aromatic wine bursts with ripe black-cherry and berry flavors. Plush and opulent, it offers layers of vanilla, toast and spice, balanced elegantly by earth tones and a crushed mineral freshness. Tannins are upright but tipped with chalk. Ready now it should improve through 2026. -Anna Lee C. Iijima" (WE)