CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE

2016 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée

Grapes Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Vegetarian, Certified Organic
District Southern Rhône
Village Châteauneuf du Pape
ABV 15%

Very dark. Rich fruit nose with a mineral element. Very rich, it has a saline freshness from the start which really drives the palate, so that it has lots of volume and weight, but is not at all heavy. The black fruit (ripe blackberry and blueberry) fills every corner with energy and flavour. The tannins build slowly, and the finish shows them, fine and silky, but definitely firming, but it's the fruit and flavour and concentration that is astonishing. Bravo! Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 L&S (Jan 2018)


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Deep vivid ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays ripe red and blue fruit preserve, incense, garrigue and cola aromas complicated by a vibrant mineral quality that gains strength as the wine opens up. Sweet, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering impressively concentrated Chambord, boysenberry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show superb clarity and lift. The blue fruit and floral notes power a strikingly long, spicy finish that's shaped by rounded, even tannins. This wine's marriage of heft to finesse is really impressive. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 96 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Jul 2018)

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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