2022 La Dame Voyageuse Domaine de la Mordorée


2022 Châteauneuf du Pape 'La Dame Voyageuse' 90% Grenache & then Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise & Vaccarese.
Very dense on the nose, but bright fruits come through on the nose - sweet violet, raspberry, lots of minerality and stone notes, soft and elegant, high toned raspberry conserve, a good touch of bright strawberry elegant and fresh, long and juicy too, easy going, vibrant & juicy - very good.
L&S (Oct 2023)

75cl bottles (case of 6)

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90% Grenache, 4% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 1% Vaccarèsse, 1% Counoise. Vinified in stainless-steel tanks (85%) and old oak barrels (15%). Aged for 10 months in oak barrels (15% new, 85% old). Certified organic and biodynamic. Tank sample. Tasted blind. A fresh nose with purple fruits, blueberry and garrigue. Rounded, ripe and dense mouthfeel with huge concentration of dark fruits, lavender, garrigue and fig jam. This is intense, hedonistic, and delicious with it. There is a nice graphite mineral layer beneath the vibrant blue fruits, which gives a sense of freshness. (AC) 15% Drinking range: 2028 - 2042 Rating: 17 Alistair Cooper MW - (Nov 2023)

Big, juicy, bold and powerful. Really driving, chunky, mouthfilling fruit and tannin. It’s long, broad and expansive, a huge wine for those that enjoy massive Châteauneufs. It's all there though – the fruit, the ripeness, the smooth tannin, the acidity, the freshness. Will take time to come together then it will be very long lived. The most powerful Dame Voyageuse to date – don't expect an approachable second wine! Drinking range: 2030 - 2047 Rating: 95 Matt Walls, (Nov 2023)

I loved the 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Dame Voyageuse, a juicy, up-front, yet textured, nicely concentrated Grenache offering ample red and blackberry fruit, some peppery, herbal, meaty nuances, terrific purity, and medium to full-bodied richness. It brings more concentration than most and is beautifully textured and balanced. As always, this Cuvée is mostly Grenache and checks in as 90% Grenache, 4% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, with the balance Vaccarèse and Counoise, aged mostly in tank, with 15% new barrels. Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, (Nov 2023)

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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