2019 Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
|Grapes||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre|
The more serious Reine de Bois reminds me of why Lirac is such a good go to wine for Rhone lovers looking to expand out of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Syrah dominates, with equal measures of Grenache & Mourvedre. A big deep purple colour in the glass, with a heady nose of dark black fruits, raspberry and blueberry infused, a touch of mineral coming through, the mouthfeel is quite soft for what feels like a bold full bodied red, ripe tannin, violets and garrigue in the background, great flow. Will need a little patience over the next 3-4 years but will reward handsomely those that do. L&S (Sep 2021)
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40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre. Certified AB organic. 30-day maceration at controlled temperatures. Ageing: 10% in barrique, 90% in stainless steel. Tasted blind. A little lactic and creamy with violets and dark fruits on the nose. Gentle and soft mouthfeel, firm but rounded tannins. Slightly chewy texture with nice vibrancy to it. Needs a year or two – there is nice purity of fruit here. (AC) 14.5% Drink 2022 – 2026 Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 16 Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2021)
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 of 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 a 10- to 15-year wine. It’s always in the running for the Lirac of the vintage and bests many a top Châteauneuf du Pape. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Oct 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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