2011 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas

SKU #1179101 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting off and a classic 2011 that shines in the vintage, the 2011 Gigondas Cuvee Tradition is composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault. Aged 80% in very old barrels and 20% in concrete tank, it dishes up fantastic southern Rhone flare and is reminiscent of an open air street market in the south of France. Ground pepper, spice, stems, saddle leather and sweet blackcurrants all emerge from this medium-bodied, supple and pure effort that has solid concentration, high-quality tannin and a seamless texture that carries through the finish. Already approachable and delicious, it should drink nicely for 5-7 years or more. (JD)  (12/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, cherry-cola and peppery spices, with a hint of candied flowers in the background. Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors braced by tangy acidity. Silky tannins give shape to the finish, which clings with very good, sweet tenacity.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

Moulin de la Gardette's "Tradition" is composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault from 20- to 60-year-old vines on the la Gardette hillside in the Gigondas appellation. Whole berry fermentation in concrete tanks and aging only in neutral oak preserves the freshness of the red fruits and spice. The wine’s style is decidedly old school with brambly, spicy fruit. It has classic aromas of pipe tobacco with touches of earth and grilled meat. To drink it now, decant it an hour in advance; or give it little more time in the bottle. This wine is ideal with pork loin roast rubbed with fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône/French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2015 | Send Email
Do me a favor, just close your eyes and imagine the redolent scents, sights and sounds emanating from that precious corner of paradise that is the Southern Rhône. Now open you lips, eyes still closed, and taste this Gigondas…. all the warmth, generosity and magnificence of that special terroir can be found here, without the bother of security checkpoints, long departure lines and sitting on tarmac for hours. This is serious wine, fleshy, vigorous and traditional Gigondas like they used to make and still do, imbued with luscious flavors of dark brambly fruit, pebbly earth, old leather, licorice, garrigue and spice, a gracious melding of everything good and meaningful and memorable in wine, of why we’re here and drinking it instead of just writing about it….hey, where’s my glass?
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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2015 | Send Email
With the major grape used in this Gigondas being Grenache, this is a perfect french wine to try out if you are all about the Spanish and South American reds. It has a depth to it while being really well rounded. It is loaded with luscious fruit! This is a great choice of wine to entertain with at home for those impromptu dinners with friends and family.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5