Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vignes Vieilles is a red wine made from Grenache Tinta, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and produced by Maison Tardieu-Laurent. It belongs to the AOC Rastreau, in the area of the Rhone Valley.
Maison Tardieu-Laurent is a winery that has been acting as a negociant since it was founded in 1996. It is named after the two founding partners but currently belongs exclusively to the Tardieu family. It does not have its own vineyards, but is responsible for choosing plots and working methods and once the wine has fermented, it ages, bottles and markets it under its own brand. Maison Tardieu-Laurent was one of the wineries that advocated and promoted biodynamic cultivation in the area.
TheGrenache vineyards forTardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vignes Vieilles are 80 years old, and those of Syrah and Mourvèdre are some 40 years old. They grow in a cool area, on clay soils and limestone stones on a slope
and on blue limestone soils.
Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vignes Vieilles is vinified leaving one third of the harvest without destemming so that the fruity aromas can stand out a little more. The final wine ages for 12 months in one year old Allier and Tronçais barrels before spending 6 months in a foudre. Lastly, it is bottled without filtering or clarifying, which the result that a small amount of sediment may appear in the bottle.
Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vignes Vieilles is a rounded and elegant red that can be enjoyed for more than a decade if it is kept in optimal conditions.