2017 Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache|
Lirac lies in the southern Rhône just across the river from Châteauneuf du Pape. Its wines are made with a similar mix of grapes but taste more of black fruit than of Châteauneuf’s classic confit of red berries. This one’s a beauty – rich, full and wild. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Dec 2019)
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Very impressive structure and depth here; this has attractive, filled-out red and dark plums, as well as a bold, juicy serving of supple tannin. From organically grown grapes. Drink over the next six years. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)
The flagship is the 2017 Lirac La Reine Des Bois, a Mourvèdre-heavy blend that includes 30% each of Syrah and Grenache. Its deep purple color is followed by stunning notes of blackberries, cassis, graphite, earth, and peppery herbs. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and voluptuous, it has no hard edges, remarkable purity, and a blockbuster finish. It's a decidedly sexy, forward, opulent wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Aug 2019)
GOLD MEDAL - Sweet and opulent, this is really rather yummy with abundant notes of blueberry, thyme, blackcurrant, spice and olives. Very dense, textured, saline and toothsome; powerful but very drinkable. Great development potential. 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre Rating: 96 Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (May 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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