CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2013 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
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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)
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Grappe d'Or Award - Favourite Lirac Red 2013, Favourite Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 Guide Hachette (Feb 2016)
One of the wines of the vintage is easily the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Reine des Bois. Mostly Grenache (there’s a fair chunk of Mourvedre and Syrah) that’s raised in a combination of stainless steel and barrels, it offers tons of graphite and crushed rock to go with background blackberry, leather and pepper. Ripe, unctuous and fabulously concentrated, this beautiful Chateauneuf can be drunk today with incredible pleasure, or cellared for a decade. I was crushed and heartbroken, on the morning of June 10, 2015, to read that Christophe Delorme, at the young age of 52 and seemingly in his prime, had passed away the day before due to a heart attack. Founding Domaine de la Mordorée with his father in 1986, Christophe was the driving force behind this incredible estate, which was one of the first I ever visited in the Rhône Valley. He was an incredibly driven man who pursued quality at any cost. In his 2014 vintage summary mailed out earlier this year, he titled the letter “The love of a job well done”, and stated the following concerning his view on winemaking: “It is certainly hard to accept for others, but I cannot bear not doing everything possible to obtain the best wines. In my case, it’s more a state of mind, it is a philosophy of life and it is call the love of a job well done. Never give up, care for every detail, even when they have no immediate effect, constantly question what you are doing, and always believe there is a better way, without losing sight of the core values of your winery, based on truly sustainable agriculture.” – Christophe Delorme These are the comments of a great winemaker. As always in cases like this, I wish I had known Christophe better than I did, but I will forever cherish the memories of following him around his winery and through his vineyards in Lirac. He leaves behind a brother, wife and young daughter, as well as an incredible legacy of beautiful wines. He will be deeply missed. Drinking range: 2015 - 2025 Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Oct 2015)
A bold, juicy, mouthfilling style, with a liberal toasty edge to the gutsy core of anise, plum sauce and blackberry confiture flavors. Has good energy and lots of licorice through the finish. For fans of the style. Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Sep 2015)
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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