Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beauty, the 2004 Gigondas Cuvee Ventabren (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault aged in older barrels) gives up pretty, perfumed sweet blackberry and currant-styled fruits, spice, charcuterie and hints of underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, elegant profile on the palate. I love the purity of fruit here, and at ten years of age, it’s just now entering the early stages of maturity. Clean, pure and all around outstanding, enjoy bottles over the coming 5-7 years. (JD)
The Cuvée Ventabren is composed of 70% Grenache from very old vines, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, with the latter fermented together. This is a wine that ages gracefully, showing fruit and spice in youth and developing more character and complexity with age as the oak recedes. Open the Ventabren in advance and decant to allow it to breathe - you will not be disappointed! The wine has a beautiful garnet color with a gorgeous nose of cherry, licorice, wet stones and a hint of bacon. On the palate, it is a medium bodied, opulent wine that possesses great depth, length and persistence. Although the wine has great aging potential, the sweet fruit and spice gives it a lot of immediate appeal.
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