Robert M. Parker, Jr.
While the 2000 Tardieu-Laurent offerings are excellent for the vintage, they are significantly less concentrated and textured compared to the awesome 1999s. The 1999s which were given fabulous ratings from barrel, were not tasted from bottle. However, given part experience with bottled Tardieu-Laurent wines, they are undoutedly as good as I predicted from cask. They are not racked until bottling, produced with minimal levels of SO2, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration.
Medium ruby. Great nose combines gunflint, bacon fat, roasted tomato, violet, mocha, brown spices and pepper. Extremely firm today and a bit dominated by its tannic structure and brisk acids, but this primary, palate-staining wine offers great sappy verve and peppery persistence. Hasn't yet opened on the back end, but should be spectacular with seven or eight years of bottle aging. The alcohol is a full 13%, but there's no sign of overripeness.
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