Continuing with the northern Rhone series, and the third in a run of St Josephs, this time from superstar negociant Tardieu-Laurent. Originally involving Dominique Laurent, this firm is now run exclusively by the Tardieu family, under the guidance of Michel Tardieu. They source wines from across the Rhone and Languedoc, usually from old vines, and then take charge of the elevage process, using the highest-quality barrels.
This is a beautifully packaged wine, and I was particularly taken by the high quality 49 mm untreated cork. This will be quite expensive. The wine is pretty good, too, from an old vineyard in Saint-Pierre de Boeuf, Mauves.
Tardieu Laurent Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes Les Roches 2008
13% alcohol. A very rich, robust expression of Saint-Joseph with some roasted oak notes behind the ripe, slightly peppery berry fruits. It’s fresh and bright, and has dense, savoury structure. On the one hand, this is quite polished; on the other hand it retains its precision and northern Rhone personality. Fresh and grippy now, but with the potential for good development over the next five years. 92/100 (£21.09 Corney & Barrow)