CÔTES DU RHÔNE
2017 Rouge La Dame Rousse Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Counoise|
|Sub-district||Côtes du Rhône|
Blackberries, graphite, new leather, and assorted peppery notes all emerge from the 2017 Côtes du Rhône La Dame Rousse. Medium-bodied, fleshy, and ready to go, with notable purity of fruit, it's a great introduction to the style of this domaine. Rating: 88-90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Aug 2018)
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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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