About Jean Tardy
Talk about a gift that keeps giving. Our friend Stephen Pannell once gave us some assorted wines to say thanks for a favour. In the mix were a couple of bottles from name we didn’t know: Domaine Jean Tardy & Fils. We drank them and they were a revelation.
In 1966, Jean Tardy started working vines in Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Clos Vougeot under a crop-sharing arrangement with Domaine Méo-Camuzet. From the 1980s, he started slowly but surely to build his estate, acquiring land in the likes of Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin over the next 30 years. Son Guillaume took charge of the winemaking in 2001. With only five hectares all up, these traditional, precise and elegant wines are domaine-bottled in tiny quantities. No wonder it took a little help from our friends to track down Jean Tardy & Fils. But now we’re in on the secret, it’s clear why the privileged few see this as one of the finest producers on the Côte d’Or.
I like the style here: rich, balanced and pure, plump and intensely flavoured. Clive Coates MW, The Wines of Burgundy