2012 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas

SKU #1209371 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my favorite estates in Gigondas, Moulin de la Gardette fashions two superb Gigondas. Starting out, the 2012 Gigondas Tradition is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah and 5% Cinsault that comes from chalk, clay and sandstone soils. Seeing a three-week maceration, 18 months in mostly old barrels (20% in concrete), and bottling without finning or filtration, it’s a beautifully Provençal effort that gives up tons of spice, saddle leather, ground pepper and garrigue in a medium-bodied, balanced, fine and length package. Buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming decade. (JD)  (1/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas are accented by a peppery nuance and a hint of smoky minerals. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that smooth out and fatten up on the back half. Gentle tannins give shape to the finish, with the boysenberry and smoke notes echoing. (JR)  (5/2015)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2015 | Send Email
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. In March, we visited Jean Baptiste (JB) to catch up and see what was new at the property. While there, we did lots of barrel tasting which just proved there are many spectacular wines to expect over the next few years. Unsurprisingly, though the 2012 “Tradition” was one of the rock stars of the tasting. The wine, as in most years, is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and 5% Syrah. Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and aged in older oak barrels. Everything that JB does is geared towards preserving the fruit integrity of the wines. We think you’ll agree. The “Tradition” is classic Gigondas, loaded with sweet red and black fruit flavors. Aromas of Chinese five spice powder and tobacco are prevalent as well. The wine is medium- to full-bodied with fine tannins and an elegant finish. Serve this delicious wine with meats right off the grill. I’m partial to a little tri-tip or maybe a rack of lamb. If you want to get a little creative, try it with some roasted monkfish with a little olive tapenade spooned over the top.

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5