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Established in 1994, the Tardieu-Laurentwines turned heads from the outset. Michel Tardieu, now working independently, is completely free to pursue his philosophy without any impediment. Obsessive in his pursuit of the perfect translation of vintage and place, Michel refers to himself as a terroirist

Provençal by birth, Michel settled in the Lubéron, in the southern Rhône, with his charming wife Michelle. In partnership with Burgundian pastry chef turned wine producer Dominic Laurent, he set up the négociant house, Tardieu-Laurent. Michel buys wine, selected according to the quality of the vineyard and looks after the maturation, blending and commercialisation of the wines. Michel Tardieu is now flying solo, establishing his own hallmark, whilst reflecting the essence of the vintage and specific vineyard sites.

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Logically, given that the accurate translation of terroir and vintage is fundamental to Michel Tardieu’s mindset, intervention is minimal and top quality ingredients are absolutely essential. To that end, a huge part of Michel’s work involves building long-term, mutually beneficial, relationships with a network of low-yield producers, who own specific, top quality parcels, largely of old vines. Michel works closely with them, ensuring the very best possible vine husbandry. Many are organic and some biodynamic. As a result, he has long-established contacts in both the northern and southern Rhône.


He knows the vineyards by heart, as well as the specific parcels within those vineyards which are of interest to him. Most of the vines selected are naturally low-yielding as a result of their age – over fifty years of age and often older. Once a contract has been agreed, Michel Tardieu delivers his selected barrels to the vigneron and eventually takes delivery once the wine is in wood, generally early spring following the vintage.

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The northern Rhône reds, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are destined for new oak, Alliers and Tronçais. Tardieu-Laurent southern reds usually go into barrels of one year or a mix of new and one year. Of the whites, cuvée Guy Louis, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Saint-Péray are partially in new oak, part one year old whilst Tardieu-Laurent’s substantial and exceptional Hermitage sees 100% new barrels.

Michel is increasingly attentive to the use of oak. He wants to avoid its masking the finished wines. Sensitivity to the role of oak is just one of the areas which have evolved since Michel Tardieu and Dominic Laurent parted ways. Another is the upgrading of the cellar, a new tasting room which facilitates blending, and a new bottling system. Michel was increasingly concerned that having cared for his wines meticulously up to bottling, he did not have sufficient control over the technical side of this final process.

He has made an enormous investment in bottling to allay these concerns and to secure optimal control of pristine quality. Tardieu-Laurent reds are bottled without fining or filtration while the whites are very lightly filtered. Despite the fact that Michel wants his wines to be honest reflections of the vintage, his ruthlessness in selection, allied to old vine resilience, allows him to make attractive, balanced and very fine wines, even in difficult years. There will simply be very little available.



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 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tardieu-Laurent . In a tasting of  34 wines 

“A great wine month: Dominus 2012 was one of the best together with La Mission 2010 vintage.”

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 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  3 wines  from  Tardieu-Laurent . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“A perfect wine, the Secret du Sabon 2011, from a brilliantly run estate, Domaine Roger Sabon covers close to 44 acres that are spread throughout the appellation, and the wines have been made by Didier Negron since 2001. This retrospective focused on their top cuvee, the Secret du Sabon, which is a field blend of roughly (the exact blend is a "secret") 90% Grenache with the balance other permitted varieties (from 100-year-old vines), that-s aged all in 600-liter barrels.”

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