2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas SKU #1415221

Price: $44.99

DC 96 JD 95 RP 95
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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    1/8/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the second best Ventraren that I have ever tried, and I have had a lot! Last years was the best ever, this is a close second. That being said, I think that this is more accessible and better to drink tonight. This wine has an openness and a generosity verses power and concentration of the '16. The is lots of depth to this wine, dark fruits, spice and earth. This wine takes you on a journey. Starting with great aromatics, to rich dark fruits, then savory spices and all of that ends with a crazy stony earthiness that you can only get in Gigondas. Few wines can be both hedonistic and cerebral at once, this is one of them.
  • Mandana Tourani
    By: Mandana Tourani
    1/8/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Well I wish I had words to write something that does justice to describe the beauty of this wine. Exotic aromas of lavender and herb de provence. layers of Tobacco, spice, cigar and dark plush fruits. This wine would be a divine addition to Lamb dishes.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    1/8/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    So let’s get one thing clear. There are all the wines of Gigondas, which are great. I love Gigondas. Probably the best value-driven appellation in France. It holds a special place in my heart. So on and so forth. And then... there is Moulin de la Gardette. This is the measuring stick by which I judge all other Gigondas, year after year. Humbly made and incredibly genuine, this wildly expressive Southern Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault is a jaw-dropper of a wine. The nose here has beautiful, black-fruited expression that especially shows off the Grenache, and highlighted with touches of Garrigue. The real fireworks are on the palate though. There in a viscosity, armed with powerful coffee, chocolate, earth, all awash in ripe black fruits. Despite the power and weight of this wine, the acid brightens the palate. This is absolutely a touchstone of the Southern Rhone. Don’t miss it.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    1/7/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Winemaker JB Meunier knocks another one out of the park! This is a stunning offer and rivals the equally stunning 2016 from last year. The warmth of the 2017 vintage shows but JB's deft hand keeps the fruit in check with its balancing acidity and structure. This is a panoply of Provencal herbs and sweet fruit. The wine is suffused with the terroir of the higher altitude vineyards and their marl soils. It captures the character of Gigondas brilliantly. Just beautiful. Worthy of a few years in the cellar but definitely worth a taste now. How can you not?

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