CÔTES DU RHÔNE
2016 Rouge La Dame Rousse Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise, Carignan|
|Sub-district||Côtes du Rhône|
Take a look at the Domaine de la Mordorée in my wines of the week – a 2016 red from the southern Rhône that’s gorgeous now, but will also improve over the next couple of years or so. Mordorée means woodcock, and the picture of this bird on the label makes all wines from this superstar southern Rhône producer easy to recognise. The domaine also makes Lirac and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but their cheapest bottle – this fragrant and rich yet fresh blend – is superb too. The star bottle of my New Year’s Eve. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Jan 2018)
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Bursting with cherry-scented fruit, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone La Dame Rousse is a worthy value. Deeply concentrated and richly textured for a Côtes du Rhône, it should drink well for 5-8 years. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 89-89 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Oct 2017)
Surface: 14 ha Yield: 45 hl/ha Grape varieties: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre Age of the vines: 20 years Soil: very varied: sandy or sandy-clayey, with small calcareous gravel Vinification: 100% destemming, 15 to 20 days maceration at a maximum temperature of 30°C Harvest: by hand Bottled at the Domaine Tasting Colour: deep red Aromas: very fruity (blackcurrant, red fruits and violet) Palate: freshness, fine tannins, nice long finish Goes with: cold meats, grilled meats, cooked meats and soft cheeses Serving temperature: 16 to 18°C Keeping: 4 to 5 years. Winemaker's notes (Aug 2017)
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 as a winemaker 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 climates. Seeking to make the minimum long-term impact on nature, they practiced culture raisonnée'.
Christophe's approach was so 'raisonnée' that he held back from being fully organic because he was worried about the long-term effect of putting too much copper (the form of copper sulphate, a permitted treatment in organic viticulture) onto his vineyards. Now due to the improvements on formulations, and work done in disease prevention, they can use copper sulphate with very low concentrations, these levels are not impacting the soils.
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 his brother Fabrice and 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'.
4 bottles each of 3 of our favourite winter warming Rhônes in a 12 bottle mixed case for just £150 inc. Free delivery (just £12.50 a bottle).
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