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The really remarkable thing about this wine is the way that the tannins are so fine-grained as to be sliding, supple and volume-giving rather than sand-papery. And yet their presence gives a tonic dryness to counter the depth and ripeness of the fruit. Subtle, not a word often associated with Chateauneuf from a top vintage. Gorgeous mouthfilling fruit that just needs to develop from its youthful purity, to expand to the complexity shown in the magificent 2000 tasted alongside it at the recent (Sept 2011) 'Bunch' tasting. Will be a great bottle, and great value. L&S (Mar 2011)
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A blockbuster-styled effort, the 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée de La Reine des Bois doesn't pull any punches and gives up rocking aromas and flavours of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, spice-box, lavender and herbs. Possessing full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and thrilling purity, it can be enjoyed now for its exuberant character, but will also evolve gracefully going forward. Rating: 96 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Aug 2014)
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois is brilliant. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and other approved varietals, it was aged in stainless steel (two-thirds) and smaller older barrels (one-third). Its inky purple color is followed by a gorgeous nose of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, lead pencil shavings, and a hint of raspberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated with abundant floral notes, stunning flavor depth, brilliant purity and sweet tannin, it will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age (atypical for a 2009), and should drink well for 25+ years. Drink 2011 - 2036. Rating: 95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2012)
This is very pure and primal on the nose with scents of blackberry, earth, violets and fennel. It is tight at first, but unwinds nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, superb poise and mineralité with razor-sharp precision on the finish. This is a supremely well-crafted Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Tasted February 2011. Rating: 96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Sep 2011)
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'.
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