2006 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas (Previously $35)

SKU #1049371

Moulin de la Gardette's cuvée Ventabren is a wine that ages gracefully, showing fruit and spice in youth and developing more character and complexity with age as the oak recedes.This latest 2006 cuvée is composed of 70% Grenache from very old vines, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, with the latter fermented together. Fermentation is long and slow, utilizing natural, wild yeasts. Following 12 months ageing in old Allier oak barrels and another 6 months in tank, the wine is lightly filtered and then bottled with a minimum of sulfites added. Open the Ventabren in advance and decant to allow it to breathe - you'll not be disappointed! After an hour or two of decanting it will best be enjoyed with heartier dishes like garlic studded leg of lamb or roasted rabbit with flageolet beans. 14.5% abv.

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2010  | Send Email
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This is probably my favorite Gigondas producer. It has the traditional notes of earth, spice and pepper with wonderful red and black fruits, particularly black cherries and red plums. Seventy percent grenache with 20% syrah and 10% cinsault. Perfect with hearty game meats and lamb. For maximum enjoyment, decant for 1-2 hours, depending upon your preference for tannin.
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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5