CÔTES DU RHÔNE
2018 Rouge La Dame Rousse Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Syrah, Carignan, Counoise, Cinsault, Grenache|
|Sub-district||Côtes du Rhône|
Very attractive strawberry and watermelon aromas here, with fresh, juicy and attractive flavors, too. Gently creamy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Rating: 90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)
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The medium ruby-colored 2018 Côtes Du Rhône La Dame Rousse checks in as 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre, raised all in tank. It has a classic bouquet of ripe cherries, strawberries, flowers, and spice. This carries to a medium-bodied Côtes Du Rhône that has a layered, elegant texture, moderate concentration yet terrific balance, and a great finish. This is as charming and drinkable as they come. Rating: 88 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Aug 2019)
Easygoing, light bramble fruit with simple chewiness and a somewhat dilute body. A decent easy-drinking Rhône glugger. Drinking range: 2018 - 2019Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2018)
Planted area : 14 Ha. Yield : 45 Hl/Ha. Vineyard age : 20 years Terroirs : several different terroirs from sandy soils to cobble stones, and sand with clay Vinification : destemming 100%, 15 to 20 days of maceration with a temperature control Grapes : Grenache 40 % Syrah 35 % Carignan 20% Mourvèdre 5% Harvest by hand / Bottled in our premisesWinemaker's notes(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'.
A selection of southern Rhône wines with the character and substance to stand comparison to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
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