CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2014 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
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Full ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented boysenberry and black raspberry on the perfumed nose. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and licorice flavors that gain spiciness and energy with aeration. Shows very good thrust and breadth on the dark-fruit-dominated finish, which is firmed by broad, mounting tannins. In a substantial style but not lacking for vivacity. Rating: 91-93 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Apr 2016)
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Organic fruit, aged for 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barriques. Concentrated damson juice with a faint veneer of oak. Blueberry, blackberry and sage in the background. Clearly picked at optimum ripeness. Totally swaddles the palate with juice and ripe tannin. Serious concentration here. Quite a resolute structure, this will take a while to come round, but it is very good, as always. Only 3,000 bottles in this vintage. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 93 Matt Walls www.mattwalls.co.uk(Mar 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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