Maison Tardieu-Laurent tasting

25 April

       Michel Tardieu is currently the trendsetter of the “wine fashion” in the Rhone Valley, but his way to winemaking was rather tortuous. When he was 16, Michel began his career as a “civil servant” (to tell the truth, he was a driver for senior government officials). For several years he traveled the roads among the vineyards and had enough time to “meditate” and understand how it is possible to produce wines without having his own vines.

         In 1994, he found a partner - Dominique Laurent, a former pastry chef and a significant figure in Burgundy, and turned into a passionate winemaker - negotiant.

         In a very short time, Maison Tardieu-Laurent gained a great fame, thanks to the basic principles of work:

1) to use the oldest vines - ideally from 50 to 100 years old;

2) to preserve the individuality of each terroir in wine;

3) to give preference to organic and biodynamic farms;

4) to maintain the long-term personal relationships with winemakers based on mutual respect.

       In 2008, Dominique Laurent left the business, and Michel purchased a 100% of the company shares, and Maison Tardieu-Laurent became a family company. Today Michel Tardieu works side by side with his son Bastien, an oenologist by training. His wife Michèle and daughter Camille are involved in marketing and promoting the Tardieu-Laurent brand.