CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2013 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache|
|Village||Châteauneuf du Pape|
Nose full of sumptuous dark berry fruit and sweet spice. In the depths there are hints of cured meat and leather, with top notes notes of garrigue herbs and floral lift. Despite all the richness, the palate shows outstanding purity and poise. There's energy as well as opulence. It's ready now or will easily keep a decade or more. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2018)
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90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah. All destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged for 12 months, 80% in stainless steel and 20% in old oak barriques. Bottled. Bright crimson. Racy and toasty on the nose with lots of opulent sweetness. A very nicely balanced wine even if a little more ‘crafted’ than some. There is both fruit and tannin. Long. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2018)
Vivid ruby. Intense blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas are complicated by suggestions of lavender, spicecake, garrigue and vanilla. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering flavors of sweet, spice-tinged red fruits and candied flowers. Concentrated and chewy in texture, showing excellent purity and lift to the dark-fruit- and mineral-driven finish. Rating: 92 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Apr 2016)
Grappe d'Or Award - Favourite Chateauneuf du Pape 2013Guide Hachette(Feb 2016)
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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