2013 Gigondas, Cuvée Ventabren, Moulin de la Gardette

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There is no Mourvèdre in this particular lieu-dit but 20 percent Syrah has been added to the 70 percent Grenache and 10 percent Cinsault. A relatively modest colour belies explosive aromatics-redolent, appropriately enough, of jambon cru and fireworks. The palate is elegant, again savoury with hints of fennel and even aniseed on the finish. Meaning literally ‘where the wind blows’, Ventabren is a strong effort in 2013, recalling the not-so-distant halcyon days of 2010. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Moulin de la Gardette is a bijou 10-hectare vineyard, situated on the slopes of Les Dentelles de