2018 Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah|
A blend of Syrah with Grenache and Mourvèdre from forty year old vines, aged in a combination of oak barrels and foudres and some stainless steel, this is the Delorme's super-cuvée of Lirac. Deep purple to black colour, this is always a muscular style, the Syrah getting the edge in the aromatics, while the Grenache fills out the palate and the Mourvèdre gives depth and length. Big fruit structure and rich tannins, nevertheless beautifully balanced and with a great future. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2029)
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Moving to the 2019 reds and a blend of 40% Syrah and 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, the 2019 Lirac La Reine Des Bois reveals a deep purple hue as well as a masculine, mineral-laced bouquet cassis, framboise, ground pepper, graphite, and smoked meat. The Syrah dominates the nose at present yet it shows more Grenache sexiness on the palate and is full-bodied, has a seamless texture, great tannins, and a beautiful finish. There are enough tannins and underlying structure to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age, yet it should be 10-15 years wine. It’s always in the running for the Lirac of the vintage, and bests many a top Châteauneuf du Pape. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Jun 2020)
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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