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2012 Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

Grapes Syrah, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Village Lirac
ABV 14.5%

Even better, and a smoking Lirac that vies for the top wine of the appellation, the 2012 Lirac La Reine des Bois has gorgeous crème de cassis, licorice, pan drippings, wood spice and hints of graphite. Offering knockout purity, full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin, it tastes like a top flight Chateauneuf and will drink nicely for over a decade.
93 (Jan 2015)

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More layered and rich than the 2011, the 2012 Lirac La Reine des Bois has real class and depth. Showing stunning purity and freshness, with classic blackberry, cassis, licorice and cedar, it’s a full-bodied Lirac that will be accessible on release yet evolve gracefully for upward of a decade. Drink 2014-2022. Another reference point estate in Chateauneuf du Pape (of which it seems like there are many), Domaine de la Mordoree includes a whopping 135 acres in total, yet with only 12 of those in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines are made by the incredibly talented Christophe Delorme, and while they see time in oak and can have a modern feel in their youth, they never lose their Southern Rhone roots and age beautifully. As to the roses, the majority of the 2012s have already been reviewed by Robert Parker earlier this year (and I generally rated them a point or more higher than him) so I’ll just list the new wines here.
(Oct 2013)

This has a nice fleshy feel, with plum sauce and melted licorice notes melded with a layer of warm tobacco leaf on the nicely toasty finish. Drink now.
88

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Started in 1986 by the Delorme brothers, Domaine de la Mordorée (woodcock) has become one of the top estates in the Rhône, with arguably the most consistent quality. Christophe Delorme's objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces, striving to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and balance.

The domaine consists of 55 Hectares, on 38 different parcels, providing a rich, wide range of soils and climates. Seeking to make the minimum long-term impact on nature, they practiced culture raisonnée'.

Christophe's approach was so 'raisonnée' that he held back from being fully organic because he was worried about the long-term effect of putting too much copper (the the form of copper sulphate, a permitted treatment in organic viticulture) onto his vineyards. Now due to the improvements on formulations, and work done in disease prevention, they can use copper sulphate with very low concentrations, these levels are not impacting the soils.

The whole domaine has been certified organic since 2007.

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