2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas

SKU #1355074 94 points Decanter

 From 45 to 65 year old vines, no destemming, aged in old foudres. A lifted, unforced, floral and effortless style, showing aromas of blueberry, black cherry and sage. It's medium-bodied in the mouth, with piercing acidity and fine tannins that deliver considerable grip. Enlivening and saline on the cool finish. Organic. (MW)  (10/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Leading off the 2016s from bottle, the 2016 Gigondas Tradition (80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre) is a smoking wine that’s worthy of a case purchase. Sweet black raspberry and blackberry fruits, notes of spice, garrigue, and graphite, medium to full body, and a sexy, seamless texture all make for one hedonistic yet classy Gigondas that will keep for 10-15 years.  (9/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 About as traditional as a 2016 Gigondas Tradition can get, the blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah is fermented on the stems with indigenous yeasts and aged in old foudres. Peppery, stemmy notes accent the black cherry fruit in this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that's rich, powerful and concentrated, with a long, velvety finish. It should drink well for a decade. (JC)  (8/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There’s intoxicating power within this lush, concentrated wine full of blackberry and mulberry flavors. But it’s a polished, elegant wine, too, edged by fine-grained tannins and hints of earth, bramble and spice. Enveloping and silky through a long finish, it drinks well now but should develop its savory complexities through 2030. (AI) *Cellar Selection*  (12/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, pungent flowers and a strong garrigue note on the focused, spice-accented nose. Juicy and chewy in texture, offering sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and take a sweeter turn with air. Shows a smoky mineral note on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows strong tension and leaves a suggestion of licorice behind. (JR)  (8/2018)

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 18 months in mostly used foudre and barrique before bottling. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone Buyer)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2018 | Send Email
I am so excited to see that the 2016 Moulin de la Gardette “Tradition” back at K&L. This is a legendary customer and staff favorite around here, and coming right off the back of exceptionally good 2015 vintage, I am thrilled to report that the 2016 is even better. I have a soft spot for the “Tradition”. Of the two wines of Moulin de la Gardette, it is a little more wild, rustic, and true to place. This is exactly what Gigondas should taste like. And it is delicious. The nose in unbelievably aromatic: earthy as all get-out with perfumed elements of garrigue and broody dark fruit tones. On the palate, the richness of this wine is absolutely full-throttle. Densely structured with plenty of tannin, the quality of the 2016 vintage has really pushed what is normally a charming and rustic wine to become a serious wine of extraordinary high quality, and I have no doubt will be even better in the years to come.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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