2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Petite Gardette" Gigondas

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Moulin de la Gardette is a small 10ha family owned property in Gigondas with vineyards stretching from the plateau close to the village to the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Since 2000 they've employed organic viticulture with minimal use of copper and pesticides to enhance soil microbiological activity and express the best of their terroir. This wine is 50% Grenache & 50% Syrah. Winery note: "A vibrant wine with cherry aromas, red fruit, spice some sweetness and soft tannins. The wine is focused, soft, rather linear on the palate with a good long finish."

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
K&L has been selling the wines of Moulin de la Gardette in Gigondas since the mid-90's. They have become a staple of our southern Rhone portfolio, a favorite of staff and customers alike. Imagine our excitement, then, at the arrival of a brand new wine, carried by us for the first time, the 2016 Petite Gardette. A 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, sourced from the younger vines on the estate, and vinified and aged without oak. Juicy, bright and fresh and utterly drinkable. And while I like to pretend as a wine professional that I am above such things, I am absolutely in love with the label.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
I have been a loyal fan of Gardette Gigondas since the great 1998 vintage yet had never tried this bargain price cuvee fashioned from their younger vines. Simply put: WOW. Perhaps this lacks the density of the more expensive bottlings but all of the ripe cherry, berry and spiced raspberry fruit is there in spades along with aromas of earth, potpourri and roasted herb. This is just as complex and delicious as its bigger brothers just a bit more user friendly.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2018 | Send Email
If you love the other Moulin de la Gardette wines from Gigondas producer JB Meunier as much I do, then please get acquainted with his newest offering, "Petite Gardette". Made with fruit from younger vines, this is packed with red and black fruits, spice, and has beautiful length and structure. The wine experiences zero oak - it is vinified and aged in stainless steel. Again, JB has crafted a wine with powerful personality yet plenty of freshness, showcasing that signature restraint and finesse that makes everything he produces so pleasing. Pro tip: decant and let breathe before indulging!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Although this wine continues to improve and fill out with time in the bottle, currently I'd recommend decanting it or giving it plenty of time to open up. It's packed with loads of spiced red and black fruit, ripe tannins and just the right amount of acidity that adds to its freshness and length. It's a very impressive red and one of the best deals within our Rhone selection. Open with aeration or give it a bit of time to round out in the cellar.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
A spectacular every day offering from my favorite Gigondas producer the Petite Gardette showcases the beauty of this area and the producer. Although there is a little funk on the nose when first opening this bottle a half and hour decant time will give you a beautiful wine. Very pretty ripe berry mixed with a nice amount of earth lead to a lovely clean finish. Everything here is in harmony and the balance of the fruit, acid, and tannin mean this is a perfect food wine.

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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.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5