Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe dark fruit, spicecake and candied lavender gain vivacity from a smoky mineral element. Gently sweet, palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors turn fleshier and spicier with air and pick up a suggestion of cracked pepper. Chewy and focused, finishing with strong mineral cut and even tannins that are slowly absorbed by the dark fruit.
90 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Jun 2016)
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A head turner, the 2013 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois sports an inky purple color to go with classic notes of Provençal herbs, earth, leather and the essence of jammy blackberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully ripe and concentrated, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming 8-10 years.
92 Jeb Dunnuck - www.erobertparker.com (Oct 2015)
Even better than the La Dame Rousse, and easily one of the top wines of the appellation, the 2013 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois is made from equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, and will spend 12 months 70% in tank and 30% in older barrels. Possessing awesome notes of cassis, violets, licorice and crushed-rock-like minerality, this fabulous effort has full-bodied richness, layers of sweet fruit, and chewy, ripe tannin that keeps the finish going. Hats off to the Delorme brothers for this smoking effort.
I’ve yet to see these guys put a foot wrong, and regardless of the vintage, they’re able to make superb wines. In addition to their terrific Châteauneuf du Papes, they continue to raise the quality of their Lirac and Côtes du Rhône releases. Also, while these all have the ability to drink nicely on release, they age beautifully.
Jeb Dunnuck - www.erobertparker.com (Oct 2014)
Domaine de la Mordorée: Full Wine List and Profile
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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