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2018 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas SKU #1488413

Price: $39.99

DC 96 RP 91-94 JD 91
WS 91
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K&L Notes

The Cuvée Ventabren is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault from the property’s oldest vines, ranging 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.

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  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    11/4/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Do not discount the impact that 100-year-old vines can have upon a wine. It can be profound. And, do not discount the impact that 10% Carignan has on this wine. The sauvage nature of Carignane gives this Old Vine Grenache a boost of the exotic. I fell in love with the wine immediately upon tasting it. Fans of Gigondas and other premium southern Rhone wines will love this for its unique blend of the classic flavors; fresh berries and roasted herbs with that dash of exotic spice, a hint of bitter chocolate and robust structure. This is a really great choice for the cooler months of the year.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    11/4/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    From JB's oldest vines - the Ventrabren is always one of my favorite wines of the year. That old-vine character translates to more finesse, a longer finish and even more terroir character. Brimming with brambly red fruit and smoky minerals, this also rides high on the exotic spice notes of clove, cardamom and sandalwood. The tannins are fine and the balance is superb - as always! Suited for a short rest in the cellar, this will provide so much pleasure for years to come.

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