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2015 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas

SKU #1308930 95 points Decanter

 Bold, savoury, menthol nose. Delicious, spiced palate that is fresh and very long. Great value. Drinking Window 2021 - 2041  (4/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Cut from the same mold as the Traditional cuvée, the 2015 Gigondas Ventabren offers more black fruits, olive, underbrush, and pepper, and is medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, pure and even elegant. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault brought up all in ancient foudres, it shows the more fresh, elegant style of the vintage, has beautiful purity and should be at its best from 2020-2030 (  (10/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Gigondas Ventabren, from 80- to 100-year-old vines, is 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault, aged in foudres. The ripe Grenache fruit sings of cherries, raspberries and stone fruit, while peppery spice notes linger on the finish. Drink this full-bodied, supple wine over the next 10-15 years. (JC)  (10/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Highly aromatic cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by licorice, garrigue and cola flourishes. Concentrated dark fruit and spicecake flavors show surprising energy given their heft, and a mineral nuance adds cut. Shows appealing sweetness on the clinging finish, which features a cherry liqueur quality and fine-grained tannins that sneak in late. (JR)  (9/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. Matured in old oak foudres. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Rather light and tentative on the nose. Juicy and easy. A casual sort of Gigondas? Nothing out of place. 16/20 points  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

The Cuvée Ventabren is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from the property’s oldest vines - they range from 80 to 100 years of age. All fermentation is done in cement tanks and the wine is aged for 18 months in large oak foudres. The wine is loaded with brambly black fruit, spice notes and that ever-present garrigue. Possessing a beautiful full body texture and an ample finish, this wine resonates beautifully and has all the hallmarks of a great southern Rhône wine. It is approachable now but has plenty of stuffing for short-term or long term cellaring. Serve it with roast meats, braises and stews. You’ll see why we keep coming back for JB’s wines. From "The nose is bold, sealed with black fruit, some raspberry, is hardly at all on the move as yet. There is a savoury and menthol note attached. The palate bears delicious, spiced black fruit content with real elegance of delivery beyond its dark tannins. This has a proper long life wine structure, and will be great drinking after ten years or more. It has excellent freshness, and runs with real purpose all along the palate, the very long finish delivered on the up. This captures the imagination. It is big VALUE. From 2021-2032" 5 Stars! (John Livingstone-Learmonth)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2017 | Send Email
Beautiful color and a stunning nose full of wild cherries, strawberries, and a darker more savory element. I absolutely love the 2015 Tradition from the same producer and this has every special element of that wine and then some. Everything in the Cuvee Ventabren bottling comes from very old vines between 80-100 years old. The intensity and concentration of fruit is immense, the savory garrigue is amped up. Everything is clean, pure, and in balance. The 2015 vintage across France has had heaps and heaps of praise, and I have yet to find a wine that makes me hesitate to add my voice to the chorus. This is a bottle that can be enjoyed young or aged for a long time if you enjoy the tremendous complexity that can come from quiet years in a dark cellar.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2017 | Send Email
We’ve been working for years now with the Meunier family to bring the Moulin de la Gardette wines from Gigondas directly to K&L and over the last few years they’ve become some of the most popular and beloved wines in the store with their plush fruit flavors and spicy complexity. With the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Southern Rhône gaining traction once again with a growing legion of drinkers who appreciate both the ripeness and the approachability of the cuvées, we’ve had to increase our orders annually to satisfy customer demand and search out new expressions from one of France’s most historic appellations. With an average age of sixty-five years, the property's vines produce concentrated and focused berries and that richness shows through in just about every bottle of Moulin de la Gardette I've ever tasted. However, it was a recent bottle of the 2015 "Cuvée Ventabren" that really got my attention. Made from the property's oldest vines (between 80-100 years of age), the blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault is simply stunning in both is pureness of fruit and in its expression of terroir due to the fact that Gardettes vines are planted in dry, high-elevation soils, forcing them to dig deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients. Tasting the Gardette you can clearly make out black cherries and fresh strawberries, but also sage, forest, and brush alongside the peppery accents from the Syrah. Jean-Baptiste Meunier vinified the Ventabren in cement tanks and aged the wine in giant foudres so as not to mask those delicate flavors with oak. I was taken aback by the pure deliciousness of the wine, right out of the bottle and even more so after it had time to breath. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the 2015 Cuvée Ventabren is the price. The critics have already lauded the wine with huge scores and high praise, so our direct relationship plays a big role in keeping the bottle price well under $40. If you're looking for a knock out bottle that not only expresses the character of the Southern Rhône, but also tastes pretty damn great, I'd highly recommend snagging a few bottles.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
Finally the new vintage has arrived! The 2015 is outstanding, an absolute pleasure to drink. A bounty of dark berries, plum and black pepper aromas leap out of the glass. There is seductive spice on the palate, gentle acidity, well-integrated tannins and a persistent finish. If you liked the 2014, you'll love the 2015. Give it some breathing time to enjoy now, or hold it for a few years.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2017 | Send Email
Can you ever go wrong with a Grenache heavy blend from Rhone? The Cuvee Ventabren from Moulin De La Gardette is beyond exceptional. With notes of plum and baking spices, and a smooth finish, this bottle is an incredible wine to bring to a dinner party. It reminds me just how much I love Rhone wines altogether.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
Once again, Jean-Baptiste Meunier over-delivers! We have long been champions of his wines and from difficult vintage to great vintage his cuvees are some of our best and brightest from the Rhone category. So of course in a great vintage like 2015 he delivers one of his most serious and expressive wines to date. A full spectrum of aromas erupt from the glass with aromas of dates, blackberries and every bush in the surrounding forest all gather to perfume this exotic and scintillating nose. The texture in the mouth shows a little firmness but a ripe core of fruit extract keeps the tannins in check. Promising in its youth with a little air but will deliver so much more as it unfolds over the years. A truly tremendous wine!

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Rhone Blends



- 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.


- 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