2014 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas SKU #1282459


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K&L Notes

Jean-Baptiste Meunier is the fifth generation winemaker behind the great property of Moulin de la Gardette in the Rhone region of Gigondas. We have been working with him since the mid-90s and the wines have always been some of our favorites from the area. The region itself has stepped out of the shadow of neighboring Chateauneuf du Pape, creating wines of intensity and flavor that are distinctly their own. Gigondas has more south facing slopes and higher elevations as well as varied soils that help distinguish the region. The "Tradition" is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault from vines averaging an age of 40 years. It is aged for about a 18 months in mostly used barrique before bottling. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very expressive and classic Gigondas! With 80% Grenache, and a little Mourvedre and Cinsault to complement, this wine has both soft, generous fruit, and a nice smoky, gamey undertone. The 2014 vintage offers a very clean, fresh fruit profile, without any green notes or harsh structure. Rather, the wine is pleasantly open right off the bat, and is drinking beautifully now, though it will undoubtedly improve with a little time in the cellar. Easily one of the best values from Gigondas in the store right now!
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Half a lifetime ago I found myself tending a flock of sturdy, independent-minded goats in northern Norway, so to read that a family of goats once happily grazed on the hillsides of this beautiful site in Gigondas, before vines were extensively planted, brought back memories, as few creatures grasp the nature of place and its bounty better than a goat. Fortunately, winemaker Jean Baptiste Meunier, whose family farmed these hillsides for five generations, knows a thing or two about Gigondas as well. Made from 40 year old vines, the Tradition is mostly Grenache, with descending orders of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault, all gently matured in large older wood. Marked by aromas of wet earth and deep black fruits, with silky flavors of cherry, black olive, game and garrigue, this stunning Gigondas will improve over the next five to ten years, but please don't wait until you're an old goat to enjoy it. To your health!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    I've long been a huge fan of Rhone Valley wines and as much as I enjoy the more recent, fruit-driven offerings from the Southern half that have stocked our shelves the past few years, the Gardette Gigondas really caught my attention. It harkens to when I first started selling wine over twenty years ago. More specifically to the classically styled Rhone reds with complex aromas of earthy red and black fruits, pepper, deli meat spicing and garrigue along with a bit more structure and polish on the palate. Whether you're a Rhone fan or just looking to discover the category, this soulful Gigondas is an outstanding pick.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Gardette "Tradition" speaks volumes about what is classic and dare I say, "Traditional" about both the winery and the way wine can be made in Gigondas and the greater Rhone Valley. JB Meunier, took a tricky vintage and gave us everything we should be looking for in any vintage, a sense of place and time and most importantly deliciousness. The wine shows notes of garrigue, Bing cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, Asian spices and burnished leather. It is full-bodied and complete with its persistent weight on the palate. In a region that has placed more emphasis on ripe fruit extraction, the "Tradition" is full of the beautiful savoriness which is what originally made the Rhone famous. After you try a bottle, you can see why we keep going back to the wines of the Moulin de la Gardette, it's Tradition personified.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Moulin De La Gardette is about as consistent as consistent gets. And yes, the 2014 release is another knockout. For twenty-five bucks you've got a wine that's going to be stellar tonight when you pull the cork and even better if you decide to lay it down for a few years. The aromatics of this wine are superb as well - cranberry, raspberry, Herbes de Provence and a distinct minerality that is largely unfound in wines at this price point. The aforementioned characteristics carry onto the palate with the addition of a snappy tannin on the finish.
    Drink from 2016 to 2027
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Aromas of red licorice, white pepper, wildflowers, lavender, thyme and savory herb leap from the glass as soon as this is poured. This is fine, elegant and beautifully transparent with wild berries, cherries and freshly picked raspberries all displayed across the lingering finish. Here is a lacy, sophisticated bargain.


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