2013 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas

SKU #1251082 91 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Fresh red berries and candied flowers on the assertively perfumed nose. Silky, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering intense raspberry and lavender flavors and building spiciness. Sweet and penetrating on the subtly tannic, clinging finish, which leaves behind notes of red berries and spicecake. (JR)  (5/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 Gigondas Tradition is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged all in ancient foudre and old barrels. Medium-bodied, firm, tight and a touch lean, it offers notes of white pepper, leather, Provencal herbs and sweet spice on the nose. It’s about as close to walking through a street market in the south of France as you can get from a bottle of wine. It should have a decade of longevity. (JD)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

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. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
The wonderful wines of Gardette always delivery wonderful quality for the price, but I haven't had one this good in several vintages. Bright fresh red fruit and pointed mineral notes are balanced by wonderful acidity. The aromatics develop toward the fresh hibiscus and gravel notes with some air. An absolute pleasure and the perfect example of why Gigondas should be considered one of the very best values in Southern France.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Velvety Grenache flavors of blueberries and plum are framed by Provencal herbs, spices and leather in this powerful and elegant expression of Gigondas from the southern Rhone. The tannins are so smooth and lush and 18 months in barriques imparts a lovely oak influence with baking spices and vanilla.

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- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- 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