Tardieu-Laurent's 2005 Rhône wines

See also my 2005 Rhône tasting notes and those on Chapoutier’s 2005s.

These wines were tasted, in response to a request in the Members' forum, on Dec 20 at Tardieu-Laurent’s UK importers Corney & Barrow, from bottles filled with cask samples for their tasting in October which I could not attend – just like the Chapoutier samples tasted earlier. It was remarkable how well all the samples showed – although of course Rhône red is considerably less fragile than red burgundy.

This is a very exciting range – without the sheer drive of the Chapoutier domaine bottlings but considering that this is...