2018 Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Blanc Domaine de la Mordorée

Grapes Bourboulenc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Viognier
Colour White
Origin France, Rhône
Other Vegetarian
District Southern Rhône
Village Lirac
ABV 14.5%

The oak in the 2018 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois has been pared back to only 10% (used barrels), allowing more melon fruit to show through than in the past. A blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 10% each Marsanne and Viognier and 5% Picpoul, it's full-bodied, round and honeyed. Soft and approachable, it should be consumed over the next year or two. Drinking range: 2019 - 2021 Rating: 91 Joe Czerwinski, (Nov 2019)

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Light gold-colored, the 2018 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc offers classy notes of apple blossom, mulled pears, and honeysuckle. It’s clean and mediumbodied, with good depth of fruit, integrated acidity, and a clean finish. It’s not one of the stronger releases here, but it’s still a solid effort. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 89 Jeb Dunnuck, (Aug 2019)

Planted area : 4 Ha. Yield : 35 Hl/Ha. Vineyard age : 40 years Terroir : Mainly Galets roulés (Cobblestones) onto a mix of sand and red clay Vinification : skin maceration, direct press and temperature control Fermentation : 10% in already used casks,90% stainless steel Grapes : Grenache 35 % Clairette 25 % Viognier 10 % Roussanne 15 % Marsanne 10 % Picpoul 5 % Harvest by hand / Bottled in our premises Winemaker's notes (Feb 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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