2014 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas

SKU #1282459 90-92 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Fresh red berries, Asian spices and potpourri on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and open up steadily with air. Closes spicy and long; harmonious tannins add shape and grip. (JR)  (2/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014s from this estate are solid. Offering lots of cedary spice, dried red fruits and garrigue, the 2014 Gigondas Tradition is medium-bodied, rustic and charming. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)  (12/2016)

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. The "Tradition" is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault from vines averaging an age of 40 years. It is aged for about a 18 months in mostly used barrique before bottling. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone Buyer)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2017 | Send Email
Half a lifetime ago I found myself tending a flock of sturdy, independent-minded goats in northern Norway, so to read that a family of goats once happily grazed on the hillsides of this beautiful site in Gigondas, before vines were extensively planted, brought back memories, as few creatures grasp the nature of place and its bounty better than a goat. Fortunately, winemaker Jean Baptiste Meunier, whose family farmed these hillsides for five generations, knows a thing or two about Gigondas as well. Made from 40 year old vines, the Tradition is mostly Grenache, with descending orders of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault, all gently matured in large older wood. Marked by aromas of wet earth and deep black fruits, with silky flavors of cherry, black olive, game and garrigue, this stunning Gigondas will improve over the next five to ten years, but please don't wait until you're an old goat to enjoy it. To your health!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
I've long been a huge fan of Rhone Valley wines and as much as I enjoy the more recent, fruit-driven offerings from the Southern half that have stocked our shelves the past few years, the Gardette Gigondas really caught my attention. It harkens to when I first started selling wine over twenty years ago. More specifically to the classically styled Rhone reds with complex aromas of earthy red and black fruits, pepper, deli meat spicing and garrigue along with a bit more structure and polish on the palate. Whether you're a Rhone fan or just looking to discover the category, this soulful Gigondas is an outstanding pick.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
The Gardette "Tradition" speaks volumes about what is classic and dare I say, "Traditional" about both the winery and the way wine can be made in Gigondas and the greater Rhone Valley. JB Meunier, took a tricky vintage and gave us everything we should be looking for in any vintage, a sense of place and time and most importantly deliciousness. The wine shows notes of garrigue, Bing cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, Asian spices and burnished leather. It is full-bodied and complete with its persistent weight on the palate. In a region that has placed more emphasis on ripe fruit extraction, the "Tradition" is full of the beautiful savoriness which is what originally made the Rhone famous. After you try a bottle, you can see why we keep going back to the wines of the Moulin de la Gardette, it's Tradition personified.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2016 | Send Email
Moulin De La Gardette is about as consistent as consistent gets. And yes, the 2014 release is another knockout. For twenty-five bucks you've got a wine that's going to be stellar tonight when you pull the cork and even better if you decide to lay it down for a few years. The aromatics of this wine are superb as well - cranberry, raspberry, Herbes de Provence and a distinct minerality that is largely unfound in wines at this price point. The aforementioned characteristics carry onto the palate with the addition of a snappy tannin on the finish.
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2016 | Send Email
Aromas of red licorice, white pepper, wildflowers, lavender, thyme and savory herb leap from the glass as soon as this is poured. This is fine, elegant and beautifully transparent with wild berries, cherries and freshly picked raspberries all displayed across the lingering finish. Here is a lacy, sophisticated bargain.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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
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