Forget Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for one moment at least, and focus on this super-sweetly aromatic and spicy Southern Rhône blend, whose succulent spiced plum and damson fruit is underpinned by a structure of robust tannins and firm acid spine, and so, excellent as a Christmas magnum, but worth squirreling away another magnum or two for a cold and rainy day. Rating: 92 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2018)
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Elegant nose of classy fruit. Stylish, rich palate, serene, rich and long. Drinking range: 2018 - 2029 Rating: 91 John Livingstone-Learmonth(Mar 2017)
Moving to the reds from Lirac, the estate releases two cuvées: the base la Dame Rousse and the flagship La Reine des Bois. The 2015 Lirac Cuvée de la Reine des Bois is a beauty and has a distinct minerality in its black raspberry, black cherry, graphite and bouquet garni-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully rich, supple and textured on the palate, yet with plenty of underlying grip and structure, it should hit the ground running and drink nicely through 2025. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com(Nov 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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