2014 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas

SKU #1282458 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014s from this estate are solid. A step up over the traditional cuvee, the 2014 Gigondas Ventabren (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault aged all in old foudre) is loaded with Provencal notes of garrigue, cedary spice, saddle leather and sweet red fruits. It’s mid-weight and charming, with notable elegance and purity. I suspect it will drink well for a decade, yet I see no need to hold off either. (JD)  (12/2016)

88-90 points Vinous

 Full ruby. Dark berries, pungent flowers and a suggestion of cured meat on the deeply perfumed nose. Round and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet cassis and boysenberry flavors that pick up a smoky quality with aeration. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which clings with good tenacity and a suggestion of gaminess. (JR)  (5/2016)

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.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2017 | Send Email
I have tasted this multiple times over the last year or so but perhaps my best taste came a couple of weeks ago. JB Meunier was visiting us doing a special dinner and we opened several bottles for the public. I was reminded how beautiful and classic the aromatics are but more importantly, I was shown how supple the tannins have become. This has hit a beautiful period of integration and is showing such character that I can't help but use this as the yardstick for all other Gigondas. Delicious now and should continue to evolve for years to come.

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
This is an outstanding example of Gigondas. Made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. Dark fruit, and cedar spice jump out of the glass, while elegant and refined fruit take over your palate. A touch of smoke and a long, lingering finish make this an instant classic and a must-try! I had it with a garlic herb pork loin and it was spectacular. Cheers!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2017 | Send Email
Crafted from venerable, almost century old vines, this memorable Gigondas is an inspiring evocation of place, the bewitching aromas of garrigue, sun-splashed stones and warm earth that invest the vineyards with such generous fruit and personality. The Ventabren is a structured, elegant wine, replete with ripe black fruit, wild herbs, kirsch, tapenade and textural, velvety tannins, and will pair well with a range of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern dishes.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5