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Jeb Dunnuck

‘The 2019s will be a step up over the 2018s and offer more depth, concentration, and richness, all while showing considerable purity of fruit and elegance’


Jeb Dunnuck

‘The 2019s will be a step up over the 2018s and offer more depth, concentration, and richness, all while showing considerable purity of fruit and elegance’


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Domaine de la Mordorée

Started in 1986 by the Delorme family, Domaine de la Mordorée has become one of the top estates in the Rhône, with arguably the most consistent quality. The word 'Mordorée', literally 'bronze' or 'golden-brown' is one of the many poetic names for a woodcock, the symbol of the domaine. Other such names include the cuvée names - 'La Belle Voyageuse' (the beautiful traveller), and 'La Dame Rousse' (the russet lady). Founding winemaker Christophe Delorme's objective was 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 micro-climates. The whole domaine has been certified organic since 2007.

Following Christophe's untimely death in 2015, his wife and daughter, Madeleine and Ambre, have taken on the running of the domaine, ably assisted by Rémy Chauvet, who was the cellarmaster under Christophe. As Jeb Dunnuck has put it in the Wine Advocate, 'the estate is obviously still in incredibly capable hands'.

2019 LIRAC La Dame Rousse Domaine de la Mordorée

2019 LIRAC La Dame Rousse Domaine de la Mordorée

A blend of all the Lirac vineyards 50% Grenache & 50% Syrah, 100% stainless steel with a view to freshness, bright expressive nose of raspberry, a touch of sage coming through too, pepper and spiceA blend of all the Lirac vineyards 50% Grenache & 50% Syrah, 100% stainless steel with a view to freshness, bright expressive nose of raspberry, a touch of sage coming through too, pepper and spice coat the black fruits, balanced acidity, fresh with ripe tannin, good flow and will reward pairing with some hearty autumnal dishes.L&S (Sep 2021)

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 LIRAC Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

2019 LIRAC Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

The more serious Reine de Bois reminds me of why Lirac is such a good go to wine for Rhone lovers looking to expand out of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Syrah dominates, with equal measures of Grenache &The more serious Reine de Bois reminds me of why Lirac is such a good go to wine for Rhone lovers looking to expand out of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Syrah dominates, with equal measures of Grenache & Mourvedre. A big deep purple colour in the glass, with a heady nose of dark black fruits, raspberry and blueberry infused, a touch of mineral coming through, the mouthfeel is quite soft for what feels like a bold full bodied red, ripe tannin, violets and garrigue in the background, great flow. Will need a little patience over the next 3-4 years but will reward handsomely those that do.L&S (Sep 2021)

Magnums, wood case of 1

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75cl bottles, case of 12

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2019 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE La Dame Voyageuse Domaine de la Mordorée

2019 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE La Dame Voyageuse Domaine de la Mordorée

Mainly Grenache, with splashes of Syrah, Mourvedre, Vaccarese & Counoise. Very bright and floral on the nose, violets and raspberry, redcurrant. The mouthfeel adds texture with dark fruits, theMainly Grenache, with splashes of Syrah, Mourvedre, Vaccarese & Counoise. Very bright and floral on the nose, violets and raspberry, redcurrant. The mouthfeel adds texture with dark fruits, the floral theme continues with hints of rose wrapped in dark fruits, black cherry, nice acidity lift on the finish, the oak is evident but this will integrate with time. A lovely early drinking Chateauneuf-du-Pape that will also age too.L&S (Sep 2021)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2019 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

2019 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

If you are looking for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that ticks all the boxes in 2019, look no further than Mordoree's Reine des Bois, this has it all in spades. The nose was quite closed at first, butIf you are looking for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that ticks all the boxes in 2019, look no further than Mordoree's Reine des Bois, this has it all in spades. The nose was quite closed at first, but opened up 30-40 mins later when I went back to it. The inky black fruits are saturated with ripe dark cherry, and smoked blueberry, licquorice spice and garrigue & wild sage, meaty but with baled plum, but it also has wonderful purity too, mocha & white pepper fade into the background of this considerable wine. I'd go so far as to say this isn't far off what you'd consider Chateuneuf perfection. L&S (Sep 2021)

Magnums, wood case of 1

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75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne

Domaine des Escaravailles

Domaines des Escaravailles was established in 1953 by Jean-Louis Ferran and his two sons, Daniel and Jean-Pierre, in the village of Rasteau.

Today it is run by the third generation of the family, Gilles, the son of Daniel. With vineyards on not only the clay, limestone hillsides of Rasteau, but also in Cairanne, Roaix, Villedieu and St Roman de Malegarde. The estate is run organically and everything is done by hand with the wines made in the cellars in the heart of the property in Rasteau.

The estate takes it's name from the Occitan word for the Scarab Beetle, which you will also find adorning the labels of the wines.

Domaine Jean Royer

Jean-Marie Royer inherited his vines in 1985, and set about improving the grape varietal mix and the vinification from then. Since more than half of the domaine is in unclassified ('Vin de Table') or 'Côtes du Rhône, he has developed a marque 'Le Petit Roy' sold as Vin de Table' for everything that does not make it into the Châteaneuf cuvées. The Petit Roy has been a big hit in the shops.

His Châteauneufs are just gorgeous, and in the context of some of the Parkerised dottiness going on, offer refreshingly fantastic value for money. He has undoubtedly been much helped his close friend the star oenologist Philippe Cambié, who he went to school with and also played rugby with for many years. Cambié is more famous for a full-on rather extracted style, but Jean-Marie has imposed his own, fresher, brighter style on all his wines which are crunchy and well-defined.

Domaine la Bouïssière

Thierry and Gilles Faravel's Domaine la Bouïssière in Gigondas is exceptional in many ways, but perhaps apart from the personality of Thierry himself, it is the site of the vineyard, high up under the 'Dentelles de Montmirail' which makes the defining difference.

In contrast to the vines being baked on the plains of stones at the foot of the hill, the Bouïssière vines benefit from cooling air at night falling from the high peaks, and the wines retain a freshness and subtle persistence which is very different to the sometimes bludgeoning broadness and alcoholic heat of the wines on the plain.

Gilles and Thierry Faravel employ non-interventionalist practices to make wines as naturally as possible, resulting in wines of immense concentration and depth, with true vibrancy and the capacity to age ten to fifteen years.

They've come back to 80% whole bunch fermentation - as Thierry says, it's their form of acidity, it gives the wines more energy and tension, and stops them getting too heavy. Thierry describes the 2015s as being more massive, while the 2016s are 'more gourmand', and certainly these seem very easy to enjoy, fresh and balanced despite being quite powerful.

Domaine Romain Roche

Romain Roche’s father Marcel had around thirty hectares of vines, and always sold his grapes to the co-operative, of which he was president. Romain wanted to make his own wine and after studying oenology in Beaune, Montpellier and Toulouse, but also with stays in the United States and Australia, has been able to choose fifteen hectares of his father’s vines to rent to start his own domaine in 2009. His signature is for powerful wines, pure, fine and balanced.

“Tout passe par la vigne” - Everything goes through the vine - This is the motto of the domain, as they adapt their vinification according to the quality of the grapes harvested. The different terroirs of the domain are adapted to each variety: white clay limestone for Syrah, red clay pebble compounds for the Grenache and Carignan. After manual harvesting and total de-stemming the grapes, the work done during the vinification accentuates all these efforts because each variety, each parcel, is vinified separately in small vats. A daily tasting assesses the evolution of the wine, and a small part of the Syrah is aged in oak to refine the tannins, rather than develop wooded flavours.

With a mix of tradtion and modernity, the fruits flavours of the Grenache, the complexity of the Carignan and the finesse of the Syrah, Romain’s wines are a true reflection of Cairanne terroir, powerful and subtle.

Domaine Santa Duc

The name of Domaine Santa Duc has been at the pinnacle of wine in Gigondas since the mid 80’s when, under the firm guidance of the irrepressible and charismatic Yves Gras, they gained international recognition and high scores from wine critics. They have, for some time, been a reference point for quality and style, from one of the most consistently brilliant Crus in the Southern Rhone.

The future of the domaine is now in the very capable hands of Yves' son Benjamin, who becomes the 6th generation of the family to head up the estate. To borrow from Matt Walls ‘Yves Gras and his son Benjamin are very different characters. Yves has the air of a retired East End enforcer but Benjamin is bookish and jovial’. It would appear from our recent tastings that the estate is in safe hands. Having a respectable CV that boasts stages at Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Vega Sicilia, and visits to nearly every wine producing country in the world, he bring fresh views and ideas, whilst respecting the traditions of his father's work and the past.

The entire 30 hectare estate is now biodynamically farmed and certified, with an emphasis on total respect for nature in the vineyard. They comprise a patchwork of prime vineyard sites in Gigondas totalling 13 hectares, including two brilliant lieux-dits, Les Hautes Garrigues & Clos Derriere Vieille, that bring out the very best expression of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre. There is also 6 hectares of prized parcels in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, that have gained high praise in a short space of time. The balance is spread across Vacqueyras and Cotes du Rhone. Nearly all the vines are trained goblet, with a program of massal selection ongoing to ensure healthy vines from older rootstocks.

The wine making philosophy, like so many now, is as little intervention as possible. Stainless steel fermentation, with a proportion of stems and a short maceration followed by ageing in a mixture of large foudres and terracotta amphorae. The wines are fresh, elegant, pure, dark fruited and long lived although approachable in their youth too. Be in no doubt, these are some of the best wines being made in the southern Rhone.