2015 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas SKU #1308930


DC 95 JD 94 RP 93
VN 90-92
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K&L Notes

The Cuvée Ventabren is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from the property’s oldest vines - they range from 80 to 100 years of age. All fermentation is done in cement tanks and the wine is aged for 18 months in large oak foudres. The wine is loaded with brambly black fruit, spice notes and that ever-present garrigue. Possessing a beautiful full body texture and an ample finish, this wine resonates beautifully and has all the hallmarks of a great southern Rhône wine. It is approachable now but has plenty of stuffing for short-term or long term cellaring. Serve it with roast meats, braises and stews. You’ll see why we keep coming back for JB’s wines. From DrinkRhone.com: "The nose is bold, sealed with black fruit, some raspberry, is hardly at all on the move as yet. There is a savoury and menthol note attached. The palate bears delicious, spiced black fruit content with real elegance of delivery beyond its dark tannins. This has a proper long life wine structure, and will be great drinking after ten years or more. It has excellent freshness, and runs with real purpose all along the palate, the very long finish delivered on the up. This captures the imagination. It is big VALUE. From 2021-2032" 5 Stars! (John Livingstone-Learmonth)

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Beautiful color and a stunning nose full of wild cherries, strawberries, and a darker more savory element. I absolutely love the 2015 Tradition from the same producer and this has every special element of that wine and then some. Everything in the Cuvee Ventabren bottling comes from very old vines between 80-100 years old. The intensity and concentration of fruit is immense, the savory garrigue is amped up. Everything is clean, pure, and in balance. The 2015 vintage across France has had heaps and heaps of praise, and I have yet to find a wine that makes me hesitate to add my voice to the chorus. This is a bottle that can be enjoyed young or aged for a long time if you enjoy the tremendous complexity that can come from quiet years in a dark cellar.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    We’ve been working for years now with the Meunier family to bring the Moulin de la Gardette wines from Gigondas directly to K&L and over the last few years they’ve become some of the most popular and beloved wines in the store with their plush fruit flavors and spicy complexity. With the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Southern Rhône gaining traction once again with a growing legion of drinkers who appreciate both the ripeness and the approachability of the cuvées, we’ve had to increase our orders annually to satisfy customer demand and search out new expressions from one of France’s most historic appellations. With an average age of sixty-five years, the property's vines produce concentrated and focused berries and that richness shows through in just about every bottle of Moulin de la Gardette I've ever tasted. However, it was a recent bottle of the 2015 "Cuvée Ventabren" that really got my attention. Made from the property's oldest vines (between 80-100 years of age), the blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault is simply stunning in both is pureness of fruit and in its expression of terroir due to the fact that Gardettes vines are planted in dry, high-elevation soils, forcing them to dig deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients. Tasting the Gardette you can clearly make out black cherries and fresh strawberries, but also sage, forest, and brush alongside the peppery accents from the Syrah. Jean-Baptiste Meunier vinified the Ventabren in cement tanks and aged the wine in giant foudres so as not to mask those delicate flavors with oak. I was taken aback by the pure deliciousness of the wine, right out of the bottle and even more so after it had time to breath. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the 2015 Cuvée Ventabren is the price. The critics have already lauded the wine with huge scores and high praise, so our direct relationship plays a big role in keeping the bottle price well under $40. If you're looking for a knock out bottle that not only expresses the character of the Southern Rhône, but also tastes pretty damn great, I'd highly recommend snagging a few bottles.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Finally the new vintage has arrived! The 2015 is outstanding, an absolute pleasure to drink. A bounty of dark berries, plum and black pepper aromas leap out of the glass. There is seductive spice on the palate, gentle acidity, well-integrated tannins and a persistent finish. If you liked the 2014, you'll love the 2015. Give it some breathing time to enjoy now, or hold it for a few years.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    Can you ever go wrong with a Grenache heavy blend from Rhone? The Cuvee Ventabren from Moulin De La Gardette is beyond exceptional. With notes of plum and baking spices, and a smooth finish, this bottle is an incredible wine to bring to a dinner party. It reminds me just how much I love Rhone wines altogether.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Once again, Jean-Baptiste Meunier over-delivers! We have long been champions of his wines and from difficult vintage to great vintage his cuvees are some of our best and brightest from the Rhone category. So of course in a great vintage like 2015 he delivers one of his most serious and expressive wines to date. A full spectrum of aromas erupt from the glass with aromas of dates, blackberries and every bush in the surrounding forest all gather to perfume this exotic and scintillating nose. The texture in the mouth shows a little firmness but a ripe core of fruit extract keeps the tannins in check. Promising in its youth with a little air but will deliver so much more as it unfolds over the years. A truly tremendous wine!


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