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2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape Reine De Bois

2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape Reine De Bois

98+ JD


Sokolin Notes:
"Mordoree is One of the Top Producers in Chateauneuf du Pape." - Dave Sokolin

Featured Review
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. Jeb Dunnuck

Jeb Dunnuck | 98+ JD

Critic Reviews

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.

Jeb Dunnuck | 98+ JD
Built for the cellar, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois—a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% each Syrah and Vaccarèse—is full-bodied and firm. Concentrated and dense, it’s tight and structured, although it does offer up hints of mocha, vanilla, ripe cherries and chocolate on the nose, and finishes long and velvety. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
Opaque ruby. Expressive red and dark berry liqueur, cherry cola, licorice and floral aromas are complemented by exotic spice and smoky mineral flourishes. Broad and fleshy in texture, offering deeply concentrated blackberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Finishes with impressive clarity, well-judged tannins and superb, floral-driven persistence.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
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. 600 cases made, 75 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
(Domaine de la Mordorée, La Reine des Bois, Grenache, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, Red) Dense aromas of concentrated berries and gamey notes. Intense on the palate, with firm tannins. Quite fleshy, with a long savoury finish. (Drink between 2022-2040)

Decanter | 93 DEC

Wine Details for 2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape Reine De Bois

Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape : You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend : Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

Country France : Wine is the lifeblood that courses through the country of France, pulsing with vigorous pride and determination. Viticulture is not just a hobby or an occupation in France; it is a passion, a cherished tradition that has been passed down through generations of wine stained hands. Winemaking is a beloved art that has been ingrained in the culture, an aptitude instilled in sons by fathers and the hallmark for which France’s reputation was built, allowing it to be renowned as, arguably, the most important wine producing country in the world.

For centuries, France has been producing wines of superior quality and in much greater quantity than any other country in the world. It boasts some of the most impressive wine regions, coveted vineyards and prestigious wines on earth. The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Sauternes and Champagne have become the benchmark, for which others aspire to become. Legendary producers such as Chateaux Margaux, Domaine De La Romanee Conti, Chapoutier, d’Yquem and Dom Perignon are idolized world-wide.

France has stamped its name on nearly every style of wine, from the nectar-like sweet Sauternes to hedonistic Chateauneuf Du Papes classic Bordeaux and Burgundy, to its sparkling dominance in Champagne. Many of the most infamous grape varietals in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay originated in France and are not only beloved, but utilized in the creation of some of the greatest wines on earth. French wine production commands the attention of the wine market year after year. With over 860,000 hectares under vine, and numbers close to 50 million hectoliters of wine produced annually, France dominates the market and sets the standard for not only product quality, but also quantity.

France’s many contributions to the world of wine have been absolutely indispensable. The country is the originator of the term “Premier Cru,” coined the term Terroir (a French term so complex there is no literal translation) and has laid the blueprint for a structured appellation system, which others have implemented in their own countries. French vineyard techniques and winemaking practices are mimicked world-wide. California vintners have been replicating Rhone style wines for decades, South America has adopted the French varietal of Malbec and countries around the world are imitating Burgundian styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

With vast diversity in terroir, France is home to some of the most hospitable winegrowing locations on earth. The combination of topography, geology, climate, rainfall and even the amount of sunlight combined with the long historical tradition of winegrowing and making, has allowed the vintners of France to not only hone their skills, but learn from nature to create a product that like the world in which it resides… is very much alive.

Region Rhone : While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds

As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Subregion Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf Du Pape


Producer Domaine de la Mordoree : With thousands of years of history, a myriad of indigenous grape varietals and a legendary terroir, the Southern Rhone Valley of France has long been a beacon for prestigious winemaking. The region plays host to some of the world’s most recognized labels, from Chateauneuf-Du-Pape to the pink hues of Tavel to the rising Cru of Lirac. Some of the most renowned producers in the region have centuries of experience under their belt; however, Domaine de la Mordoree is proving that age is just a number. It may be considered a youngster in the region, but what the domaine has been able to accomplish in less than 40 years is truly remarkable.

In its short existence, Domaine de la Mordoree has garnered major attention from consumers and professional critics alike. According to the great, Robert Parker, La Mordoree is “One of the world’s great winemaking estates, proprietor Christophe Delorme has taken this property to the pinnacle of quality in approximately fifteen years. Domaine de la Mordoree’s white, red and rose wines are reference points for the southern Rhone Valley.” He also stated, “This is an estate that was a no-brainer for inclusion in my recent book on the World’s Greatest Wine Estates,” which was released in 2005. Joe Czerwinski, Editor in Chief of the Wine Advocate and reviewer of Southern Rhone wines commented that “…this historic Tavel estate continues to turn out a wide range of exemplary wines.” In regards to its production Lirac, the renowned Jancis Robinson considers La Mordoree, “ of the best producers.” Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Wine Advocate) has stated, “I’ve yet to see these guys put a foot wrong, and regardless of the vintage, they’re able to make superb wines.”

The Domaine de la Mordoree was founded in 1986 by brothers, Fabrice and Christophe Delorme along with their father, Francis, out of their love and passion for wine. With the highest level of respect for the land, the estate has produced one exquisite wine after another. Sadly, in 2015, the remarkably talented Christophe passed away at the young age of 52. In 30 short years, Christophe Delorme raised the Domaine de la Mordoree to the level of the greatest.

Today, the domaine is managed by Madeleine Delorme, Christophe’s wife and their daughter, Ambre, who continue the work he began. They preserve the company to which he had devoted himself to, while respecting the main objective of producing the best possible wines. By “Love of the Land” the mother and daughter team, along with all of Domaine de la Mordoree have chosen to respect the terroir bequeathed to them by their ancestors. In doing so they are allowing the terroir to be fully expressed by the varietal, in wines that showcase the true talent of nature.

With quality and environment being the keystones of the domaine, all operations are completed by hand including tilling, green harvesting, care given to the vines and harvest. Aeration of soil is completed through natural rudiments such as earthworms, bacteria and insects. The Delormes are strictly against the use of mechanized equipment and do not use chemical herbicides or insecticides. Grass is permitted in the vineyard because it not only protects against erosion, but also serves as a refuge for predators of harmful insects; it is considered a sign of good soil health. All wines are certified organic and the entire vineyard is certified Biodynamic Demeter.

A plethora of grape varietals are cultivated across 60 hectares of Southern Rhone, in some of the finest lieux-dits in Chateauneuf-Du-Pape (La Crau, la Nerthe, Cabrieres and Le Bois de la Ville) Tavel (the famous Vallongue Plateau), Lirac, Cotes-Du-Rhone and Condrieu. Varieties planted include Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, Syrah and Vaccarese, Viognier, Clairette and Bourboulenc. The wide variety of grape varieties and terroirs leads the domaine to spread out the harvest according to maturity and to harvest each plot at the right time. Over 100 maturity checks for 38 plots spread over 8 different municipalities are carried out; an immense and tedious operation that clearly benefits the quality of wines.

Domaine de la Mordoree produces two Chateauneuf-Du-Pape cuvees, La Reine des Bois and La Dame Voyageuse from plots renowned for their remarkable terroir of galets roules or rolled pebbles. Four red and white cuvees are produced from their Lirac plots, including the tremendous Cuvee La Plume du Peintre which is only vinified during exceptional vintages. From Tavel (also where their cellars are located) comes the Rose of La Dame Rousse and La Reine des Bois, which is sourced from the Plateau de Vallongue. The estate also produces Condrieu Cuvee Christophe Delorme, two Cotes-Du-Rhone and a Vin de France label that is available in red, white and rose, named La Remise de Mordoree. Annual production for Domaine de la Mordoree is approximately 21,000 cases.

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