Chateau Paradis, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Terre des Anges 2007
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Paradis is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache,and its dense purple hue is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of sweet new oak, blackberry liqueur, espresso, and a hint of spice box. This wine possesses amazing concentration, full-bodied richness, and a wallop of toasty, smoky wood. (RP) (2/2009).
93 points Jeb Dunnuck
A spectacular wine that’s made in a modern, ripe style, the 2007 Château Paradis Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Terre des Anges is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, and 20% Grenache that’s aged for 12-months in half new and old wood, and half in concrete tank. It exhibits a dense purple color as well as gorgeous aromatics of smoky blackberry and cassis fruit, coffee, licorice, and some new wood. While there’s no denying the modern slant (and those that are really oak adverse should probably pass), this fleshes out with air, showing touches of wild herb and freshly snipped flowers, as well as striking minerality on both the nose and the palate.(3/2011)
BackgroundThe 2009 Robert Parker score and review references Tardieu-Laurent as the producer of the 2007 Château Paradis "Terre des Anges." In fact, Michel Laurent (who is more famously known as the owner of Rhône negociant Tardieu-Laurent) is not the producer or owner of Château Paradis. Michel Tardieu consults with Château Paradis and their winemaking team in order to help the domaine realize exceptional and terroir driven wines. It appears that Michel's expertise and passion have paid off, given the exceptional quality of wines being produced past several vintages at Château Paradis. Albeit a bit confusing, the 2007 Château Paradis "Terre des Anges" as reviewed above and with the corresponding rating is not a negoc wine like those offered in the Tardieu-Laurent portfolio. Rather, it is a domaine wine that is grown, vinified and bottled at Château Paradis, and is therefore labeled as such. (55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) 14.5% abv.