Established by Bastien’s father Michel Tardieu in the mid-1990s, this is a highly personal business, which runs on reputation and individual recommendations.
As Bastien tells it, when he set out, his father asked producers two questions: “From which producers in the same appellation they liked to drink their wines and if they had any friends/producers with well-located old vines [who would be] interested to work with us. And producers organised the meeting. And to be honest, it's still working like that today.”
Michel and Bastien buy grapes, vinify them in the regions of origin and then mature them all under one roof. The wines come from a 300km stretch, from Côte-Rôtie in the north to Bandol in the south. Tardieu-Laurent’s home, where élevage takes place, is Lourmarin, in Provence – a dream location.
Corney & Barrow has been Michel and Bastien Tardieu’s exclusive UK agent since 2002. We are now proud to also represent them exclusively in Hong Kong also.
Overall, the Tardieu 2020s are as good as any I recall tasting. The north edges it, but there are brilliant buys across the range. At the top end, the two Cornas particularly wowed us this year, whilst the Nobles Origines red and white are outstanding value picks.