CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2017 La Dame Voyageuse Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre|
|Village||Châteauneuf du Pape|
A rich and attractively ripe nose with very juicy, attractive berry flavors. This has a super rich feel and delivers such impressive depth and length of fine, supple and gently grainy tannin on the palate. There’s a lot to like here. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)
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More Grenache-dominated, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Dame Voyageuse is billed as the early drinker from this estate. Nevertheless, the quality certainly doesn't lag the top cuvée by much. The 2017 checks in as a blend of 90% Grenache, 4% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance a mix of permitted varieties, brought up largely in very old barrels. Its deep ruby/purple color gives way to an incredibly sexy, voluptuous wine that's loaded with notions of black raspberries, wild strawberries, ground herbs, pepper, and hints of chocolate. Broad, expansive, silky, and seamless on the palate, this brilliant wine has more upfront appeal than the more concentrated La Reine Des Bois, yet I wouldn't put it past this to age just as long. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 95 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Aug 2019)
Attractive cassis nose, rose hip and blackberry flavours, plus soft tannins; wonderfully harmonious with excellent length. Silver Award - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 Rating: 90 Decanter Magazine(May 2019)
Tasted blind. Bright, glossy fruit with lovely floral fragrance giving an unexpected elegance to the palate. Finely ground tannins, rich and potent on the length with good refreshment and balance. There's a sense of more to come, thanks to the concentrated fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 17 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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