2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas SKU #1424286

Price: $34.99

DC 93 JD 93 RP 92
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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 Syrah from vines averaging an age of 40 years. It is aged for about 18 months in mostly used foudre and demi-muid before bottling. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This could be the bottling of this wine that I have every tried, I have been with K&L for a while, so I have tried quite a few. If it is not the best, it is definitely my favorite. Lifted dark fruits with spice and earth. On the palate it is spicy and rich without being heavy and has layer and layers of spice and fruit. This is solid and intense with a very nice finish. Not as monumental as last vintages Ventabren, but way more drinkable.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Another powerhouse wine from one of my favorite producers is back and better than ever. This vintage has a striking combination of deep, black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits, smoke, spice and herbs. The texture is luscious and there is good fruit concentration here but everything is still bright and lifted. All of the elements are so well-balanced and crafted with elegance. This wine is exquisite.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2017 vintage is another benchmark for Moulin de la Gardette. I first tasted this wine out of barrel last year and was blown away by the richness and intensity. The vintage was a drought year, so the wine had a lot of dry extract and concentration. As with most of winemaker Jean-Baptiste's wines though, they get more elegant and refined as they mature before and after bottling. I revisited it again earlier this year and true to form it showed that concentration but much more refined qualities. A panoply of spices and savory black fruit emerged. Now that's it finally here, one more taste and it is showing the best yet. This is pure and expressive Gigondas. The garrigue notes have emerged, showing fragrant floral and dried savory, thyme and fennel. All paired with that elegant black fruit and you will agree, this is another great release from Moulin de la Gardette.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Moulin de la Gardette is always my benchmark for Gigondas. And as for Gigondas itself, it’s a wine I’m drinking a lot more of these days. As prices in Chateauneuf creep higher and higher, I have found myself fleeing to Gigondas. The cepage is typically similar, but the aromatics, structure, and the fact that these are still humble, regional wines that deliver huge on quality are all a big draw for me. As for Gardette, their wines are simply the best of the pack. Black fruited with layers upon layers of blackberry coulis, iron, and depth like the bottom of a well. On the palate more charcoal and smoke intermix with fruit, well-set with structure. A big wine that shows off the excellence of Gigondas.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This cuvee has become a "Tradition" at K&L. If you haven't yet tasted this phenomenal Gigondas from this stalwart producer, you must. It is truly one of our best deals in the Rhone and continues to delight year after year. Stylistically Moulin de la Gardette walks a great balance between open, accessible fruit, and a more rustic, gamey side. It's a beautiful marriage of the two, and has a great all around appeal.


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