2017 'Christophe Delorme' Domaine de la Mordorée
Before his untimely death, Christophe Delorme invested in a .8 hectare plot of Condrieu, as he really wanted to make a Viognier from its homeland in the Northern Rhône, despite the domaine being centred in the south, in Lirac and Tavel. The style for the domaine is rich and full, but retaining a freshness and pineapple zing in the honeyed plushness. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 L&S (Feb 2019)
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Somehow I missed getting a note on the 2016, but the 2017 Condrieu Christophe Delorme is no slouch. The Delormes own less than a hectare in Condrieu, with the day-to-day management being done in conjunction with the Paret family. Honeyed and toasty, with generous waves of lychee, apricot and spice, this medium to full-bodied effort finishes fresh, lively and long. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 Rating: 93 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com(Nov 2019)
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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