|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre|
|Village||Châteauneuf du Pape|
If you are looking for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that ticks all the boxes in 2019, look no further than Mordoree's Reine des Bois, this has it all in spades. The nose was quite closed at first, but opened up 30-40 mins later when I went back to it. The inky black fruits are saturated with ripe dark cherry, and smoked blueberry, licquorice spice and garrigue & wild sage, meaty but with baled plum, but it also has wonderful purity too, mocha & white pepper fade into the background of this considerable wine. I'd go so far as to say this isn't far off what you'd consider Chateuneuf perfection. L&S (Sep 2021)
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The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De La Reine des Bois is a deeper, more masculine wine with gorgeous cassis and blackberry fruits as well as graphite, licorice, crushed stone, violets, and lavender nuances. Rich, full-bodied, and incredibly concentrated, it has a brilliant sense of freshness and purity as well as length on the finish. It's going to require 4-5 years of bottle age, but this straight-up thrilling Châteauneuf du Pape will have 20-25 years of prime drinking. Drinking range: 2025 - 2050 Rating: 98+ Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2021)
The only 2019 presented, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Reine Des Bois checks in 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Vaccarèse that was brought up 20% in old barrels and 80% in tank. This inky hued 2019 boasts a beautiful nose of ripe dark fruits, smoked earth, licorice, and garrigue. With wonderful purity (which is a hallmark of the vintage), full-bodied richness, and a decadent, opulent texture, this is thrilling stuff all the way. It’s going to flirt with perfection and evolve for two decades or more. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 96-99 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Oct 2020)
Well-built, with a very dense core of dark plum, blackberry and fig flavors scored by warm earth, singed alder and tar through the finish. Dark in profile and with a muscular edge, but this is well-defined and proportioned from start to finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2024 through 2038 Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Dec 2021)
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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