CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2017 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Other||Vegetarian, Certified Organic|
|Village||Châteauneuf du Pape|
75% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 3% Counoise, 2% Vaccarese Shimmering magenta. Expansive, spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suave incense and potpourri qualities. Seamless, energetic and sweet, offering an array of mineral-laced red and blue fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors and a touch of five-spice powder. Finishes juicy and impressively long, displaying fine-grained tannins and lingering florality. Drinking range: 2026 - 2037 Rating: 94 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2020)
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This has a powerful, dark-fruit nose with violets and stones, too. Arrives on the palate with a rich array of fine tannins, layering up nicely to deliver a deep, dark and red-berry finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Oct 2019)
The saturated purple-hued 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De La Reine Des Bois is another brilliant wine from this estate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah and Vaccarèse (as well as a few other varieties) brought up in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolaty herbs, ground pepper, and graphite. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it stays pure and flawlessly balanced on the palate, with silky tannins. I love everything about this wine, which reminds me of a slightly plusher example of the 2010. It has some upfront charm today and will continue drinking brilliantly for 15 years or more. Drinking range: 2021 - 2039 Rating: 97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Aug 2019)
Tasted blind. Overcooked fruit on the nose, with a thick, oily texture and a touch of menthol on the palate. All about fruit, and while the concentration of flavour is good, it will take some time for any potential complexity to emerge. Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 16++ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 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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