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Hello friends. Sometimes I feel like the universe has a great sense of humor.
Not one full day after sending our Val Joanis offer a few weeks ago – the one where I basically made a grand statement about not being able to find any good value in Gigondas or Vacqueyras any more – what did I have sitting in my glass? That’s right: a wonderful value Gigondas:
Moulin de la Gardette farms 25 acres in Gigondas, and they’re a traditional, old-school producer. All fermentation takes place in concrete, and maturation is done in a combination of concrete and old foudres (basically, giant barrels). The blend is very true to this part of the world: dominated by Grenache (80%), with equal tenths of Mourvedre and Cinsault. It clocks in at 14.5% listed alc. The nose presents a wonderful combination of fruit (brambly raspberry, dried cherry) and flower, hot-rock minerality and spice. The palate has plenty of rich fruit, and it’s well-balanced by lovely garrigue leafiness. There’s plenty of fruit generosity here, but it’s hardly a bomb, offering plenty of rustic chew on the back end. This is hearty, red-blooded, honest Gigondas.
It also comes with a fine review from the point-reticent Tanzer/Vinous family: Vinous/IWC (Josh Raynolds): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive next week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.