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2018 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvée Ventabren" Gigondas (1.5L) (Previously $90)

SKU #1498667 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is deep, vinous and driving, chock full of fruity berry acidity. It’s really vibrant, with a subtle mineral seam and stalks that work well here, lending fragrance but without contributing hardness or astringency. It’s generous with a very long finish but not excessive - balanced and drinkable, but don't underestimate its ageing capacity. A selection of the oldest vines of the estate (65 to 115-years-old), organically grown on sandstone and marl, handpicked, whole-bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled without filtration or fining after maturing in old foudres and demi-muids. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From vines 80 to 100 years old, the 2018 Gigondas Ventabren is similar in style to the Tradition but slightly more concentrated and tannic. Pretty aromas of fines herbes, rose petals and orange zest join ripe cherries on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is creamy in texture, fading elegantly into a long, silky finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

90-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A darker, richer, more mineral-laced wine, the 2018 Gigondas Ventabren (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault) boasts a saturated purple color as well as both black and blue fruits, orange zest, ground pepper, and crushed rock-like aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and mouthfilling, it has a rock-solid mid-palate, and while I think it will be approachable in its youth, it’s going to keep for 10-12 years. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2020 | Send Email
Do not discount the impact that 100-year-old vines can have upon a wine. It can be profound. And, do not discount the impact that 10% Carignan has on this wine. The sauvage nature of Carignane gives this Old Vine Grenache a boost of the exotic. I fell in love with the wine immediately upon tasting it. Fans of Gigondas and other premium southern Rhone wines will love this for its unique blend of the classic flavors; fresh berries and roasted herbs with that dash of exotic spice and robust structure. This is a real great choice for the cooler months of the year.

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