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Domaine de la Mordoree History, Overview
Domaine de la Mordoree is a relatively recent property in Chateauneuf du Pape. It was founded in 1986 by Fabrice Delmore and Christophe Delorme with a total of 5 hectares of vines.
By 1989, the industrious brothers managed to expand the holdings of Domaine de la Mordoree to 60 hectares located in 8 different regions in the Southern Rhone valley. Sadly, Christophe Delmore passed away far too early, June 10, 2015.
Fabrice Delmore remained in charge of the domaine until 2017. In late September, 2017, Fabrice Delmore announced that while he was still remaining a shareholder in the winery he founded with his brother, he was leaving the domaine to pursue other interests.
Domaine de la Mordoree takes its name from a wild game bird, known as a woodcock, hence the logo on the wine bottle’s label. In keeping with that same tradition, their high end, luxury cuvee which made its debut in 1996 was called La Reine des Bois, which is translated into Queen of the Woods.
Starting with the 2014 vintage, they introduced a third wine to their portfolio of Chateauneuf du Pape wines, La Belle Voyageuse.
At Domaine de la Mordoree, an incredible amount of work and effort is spent in the vineyards. They practice only self sustainable, organic farming of their vineyards in all their locations including Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Tavel and the Cotes du Rhone. In 2013, they were certified for being 100% organic.
They have old vines at Domaine de la Mordoree. On their property in the rock and stone filled terroir and soils of the famous La Crau lieu-dit, they have vines that are over 100 years of age. The fruit is destemmed before fermentation.
The wines are aged in a combination of enamel coated, temperature, stainless steel tanks and small French oak barrels. In Chateauneuf du Pape, they own 12.7 hectares of vines which are well placed in placed prime locations in the La Crau, Bois La Ville and Cabrieres lieux-dits.
The best vintages of Domaine de la Mordoree are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
Domaine de la Mordoree produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and a myriad of outstanding wines from the Lirac and Cotes du Rhone appellations.
Domaine de la Mordoree Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine de la Mordoree Reine des Bois is the mainstay of the domaine. Produced from a blend of 70% Grenache 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 5% Syrah and 5% Vaccarese, the grape source comes from vines that average 60 years of age. The terroir is 100% galets. The vines are planted in the La Crau vineyard.
The grapes are 100% destemmed. This modern styled wine is aged in a combination on average, 25% new French oak barrels and vat. It is important to note that the amount of new, French oak barrels used during the aging process has been declining over the years. Also, because the wine is so rich, the oak quickly vanishes into the wine. The production is 1,500 cases per year.
Domaine de la Mordoree La Plume du Peintre is not produced every vintage. La Plume du Peintre is only made in the very best vintages. But as you can see, Mordoree La Plume du Peintre is not made in every great vintage. In fact, they have only produced the wine in 2 years so far, 2003 and 2005.
According to the owner, Fabrice Delmore, the choice not to make the wine in 2007, 2009 or 2010, which are all truly great vintages for Chateauneuf du Pape was because they did not want to reduce the quality of the 2007 Reine des Bois. The blend and aging for Mordoree La Plume du Peintre has so far completely changed in each vintage.
In 2005, Mordoree La Plume du Peintre was made from 100% old vine Grenache with vines that range from 85 years of age to more than 100 years of age. The grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine was aged in 33% new, French oak barrels and the rest in tank for 18 months.
In 2003, Mordoree La Plume du Peintre was made from a blend of 33.3% Grenache, 33.3% Mourvedre and 33% Syrah. The wine was aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. Both vintages of Mordoree La Plume du Peintre are reference point wines from the Southern Rhone valley.
Production of Mordoree La Plume du Peintre is very small. On average, a whopping 125 cases are produced for the world! This is an outstanding, rich, intense, concentrated, ripe, lush style of Chateauneuf du Pape that needs to be tasted by any wine lover. While difficult to find, it’s worth the effort to try and locate a bottle or two.
Out of respect to Christophe Delmore, who created La Plume du Peintre, the wine will not be made again. 2003 and 2005 will remain the only years when the wine was produced.
Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape La Belle Voyageuse made its debut with the 2014 vintage. La Belle Voyageuse is essentially the second wine of Mordoree Reine des Bois, so you should expect a jump in quality for the Reine des Bois.
La Belle Voyageuse however has more Grenache in the wine at close to 90%, with the remainder of the blend coming from Mourvedre, Syrah, Counoise and Vaccarese. The terroir is all rocks and stones. 15% of the wine is aged in stainless steel vats and the remaining 15% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels. The wine is intended for early drinking pleasure.
When to Drink Domaine de la Mordoree, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine de la Mordoree can be enjoyed on the young side with 1-2 hours of decanting, more or less. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine de la Mordoree is usually better with 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 2-25 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine de la Mordoree with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine de la Mordoree is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine de la Mordoree is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, grilled meats, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine de la Mordoree is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine de la Mordoree is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine de la Mordoree also produces red and white wine from 50.5 hectares of vines they own that are located in the Cotes du Rhone and Lirac appellations, as well as a sublime rose’ from Tavel.
Domaine de la Mordorée Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 125,097 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Domaine de la Mordorée La Dame Rousse (Côtes du Rhône)|
Medium bodied, easy drinking, fresh, sweet, ripe and fruity, this well priced, value wine is ready to go.
1,306 Views Tasted Sep 29, 2018
|2015||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
A consistent winner, the kirsch stands out. Even though 25% of the wine is aged in new wood, most of that has already been sucked up by the wine. Silky, polished and fresh, the wine is sweet, juicy, sensuous and fresh. The fruit is just delicious here, which is perfect for the lushly textured finish. A good reason this is showing so well is by the recent addition of a second wine to their lineup. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, 2% Vaccarese and 2% Counoise.
3,314 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine de la Mordorée La Dame Voyageuse (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Keep in mind this is a second wine, and with that in thought, this is just great. Fresh, black raspberries, wild strawberry and herbs are at the center of this, round textured, forward wine, which was made from blending 90% Grenache, 4% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 1% Vaccarese and 1% Counoise.
1,357 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
One of the top wines in this vintage, but that should come as no surprise to long time readers. Showing a good depth of color, the wine delivers an earthy, smoky, truffle, espresso and cherry filled core, with elegant, polished, round textures and freshness in the fruit filled, smoky finish. I'm sure this vintage was helped by the recent addition of a second wine to their lineup. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, 2% Vaccarese and 2% Counoise.
2,975 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2014||Domaine de la Mordorée La Belle Voyageuse (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
For a second wine, this is a beauty. The fruit is ripe, sweet, fresh and vibrant. Medium bodied and forward, this is quite a charmer, in all the right ways with its lush, kirsch and smoke filled character.
1,421 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
Debut vintage for what is essentially the second wine for Mordoree Reine du Bois.
1,956 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2015
|2013||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Quite rich for the vintage, with a sweet fresh, licorice, toast, cocoa and black raspberry nose, the wine is soft and lush on the palate with a ripe, cherry filled, soft textured finish. The wine was made from a blend of 65% old vine Grenache, 10% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.
4,516 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
|2012||Domaine de la Mordorée Plume du Peintre (Lirac)|
Full bodied, luscious, powerful, rich, ripe, and dense, the tastes like a barrel sample. The wine is incredibly concentrated and palate staining. This is no shy wallflower. Alcoholic, but there is so much fruit, you do not even notice it. Give it a few hours in the decanter.
2,305 Views Tasted Mar 26, 2017
|2012||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep in color, with just a hint of oak along with the flowery, spicy, jammy, smoky, black raspberry filled perfume. Sweet, sexy, lush and plush, the fruit is ripe, sensuous and fresh. This will probably rise in score as the wine ages and the oak integrates. Made from a blend of 80% Grenache, and various percentages of Mourvedre, Vaccarese, Counoise and a dollop of Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol with no touch of heat.
3,167 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Licorice, vanilla and spice framboise couple with floral notes to create a smoky, sensuous, rich wine, finishing with ripe plum notes. A few years of age should add even more complexity to the wine.
3,461 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Sweet, smoky, licorice, garrigue, coffee and ripe, jammy berry scents are followed by a full bodied, lush, plush, fleshy wine with depth, concentration, length and character. There is a lot to like about this stylish Chateauneuf du Pape!
7,719 Views Tasted Jun 2, 2014
|2009||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Flashy, fleshy, modern styled wine with a full body, good concentration, loads of ripe fruits, plush mouth feel and more oak to resolve. Give it a few more years in the cellar for better integration.
4,424 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2016
Deep in color, this lush, rich, concentrated wine is filled with ripe black cherries, plum, spice and black raspberry jam. Suave, lush and long, the wine ends with a beautiful sensation of fresh dark, red berries and kirsch. Drink it now, or age it. This is such a great style of Chateauneuf du Pape.
3,536 Views Tasted May 5, 2013
|2007||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Wow! Pure silk and velvet. Layers of perfectly ripe, juicy, pure fruits coat your palate with pleasure. There is an intensity of flavor, concentration, purity and so much silk, it was impossible to put my glass of this delicious glass down.
3,165 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2014
I love the texture of this rich, velvety, kirsch, black raspberry, pepper, anise and earthy wine. It's long, deep and concentrated, but there is a touch of oak, that should become better integrated with time in this modern styled Chateauneuf du Pape.
5,303 Views Tasted Jun 7, 2012
|2006||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Rich, deep, long and delicious, this luscious and lusty wine is jammed full of ripe black cherry, licorice, kirsch, smoke and pepper. Drink now, or wait a few years.
2,872 Views Tasted Aug 11, 2014
|2005||Domaine de la Mordorée Plume du Peintre (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep, dark and rich in color, this stunning wine knocks on perfection. With incredible levels of concentration, the unctuous wine completely coats your palate with flavor. Thick, rich and intense, yet, everything is harmonious. The finish lasts for close to 60 seconds with its licorice, coffee bean, black, red and blue fruit, liqueur like profile. Impossible to find, yet worth the effort and expense to track a bottle or two of this majestic elixir of Chateauneuf du Pape.
4,233 Views Tasted May 22, 2013
|2003||Domaine de la Mordorée Plume du Peintre (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Blackberry liqueur, incense, blue fruit, toast and the essence of kirsch create the nose. Blackberry liqueur, incense, blue fruit, toast and the essence of kirsch create the nose. The wine paints your palate with flavor and intensity. The finish must last at least 60 seconds with its intensity and purity of fruit. If the knobs go to 11, this stunning wine deserves more than 100 Pts.
3,834 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2013
If you've ever been curious as to what a 100 Pt Chateauneuf du Pape tastes like, one sniff, swirl and sip will explain it all. Inky in color, with aromatics packed with stone, pepper, earth, garrigue, licorice and kirsch liqueur, the wine is fat, rich and incredibly concentrated. This Chateauneuf du Pape paints your palate with waves of perfectly ripe, black cherry, herbs and dense, intense fruit. The finish lasts for more than 60 seconds!
4,485 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2012
La Plume du la Pientre. Boom! That’s what happened when the cork popped and the perfume blew out of the bottle. Jammy blackberries, truffle, licorice, spice, pepper, molten cherry and blueberry liqueuer caught your attention and kept it there. The mind-blowing levels of perfume was intoxicating to smell. Massive, with insane levels of concentration, this wine coated your palate with flavors and textures for over 60 seconds. But don’t let the size fool you. Everything was in perfect balance. Only 1,500 bottles of this wine was produced for the world! This was bottle #521.
5,134 Views Tasted Sep 27, 2011
Intense does not begin to describe the explosion of flavor this wine offers. Massive concentration, dense, rich, ripe, spicy, jammy berries, pepper, earth and fennel scents are all over the place. This opulent wine coats your mouth and feels like molten berries. The long finish lasts close to 60 seconds. This is not your grandma's Chateauneuf du Pape. But I loved it!
3,345 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2011
|2003||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Drinking in the sweet spot, the fruit is ripe, but not over ripe. The garrigue, pepper, cherry, black raspberry and kirsch are in full force. Rich, lush and lusty, this is ready to go.
2,976 Views Tasted Nov 28, 2015
From an assemblage of 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 5% Counoise, 5% Syrah, and 5% Vaccarese, this rich, ripe wine pops with its licorice, black pepper, cherry liqueur, blackberry jam and gariggue filled nose. Thick, plush and intense, the wine is lush, round and packed with layers of sweet, ripe, spicy fruit. This is ready to drink.
3,056 Views Tasted Mar 3, 2012
|2001||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
At 17, this is still going strong. The oak is completely integrated, the wine is richly concentrated, and you're left with more than enough, lushly textured, ripe, red fruits, pepper, earth, black cherry, jam and thyme to satisfy. Popped and poured, this is showing quite well today.
1,644 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2018
Served double blind in a flight of the best 2001 wines from Chateauneuf, this came out first! With 2 hours of double decanting, the wine announced its presence with its dark, almost opaque color. On the palate, the wine was incredibly intense. It was rich, vibrant, erotic, fresh and opulent in character. Packed and stacked with layer after layer of ripe, sweet, pure, juicy fruits, the wine filled your mouth, coated your palate with flavor and lingered as you waited for another sip. The oak was completely integrated. This was the best showing for this wine I've yet tasted.
3,415 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2015
If an endless wave of deep, ripe fruits, earth, spice, kirsch and licorice that is made even better with its silky, lush textures is your thing, you are going to love this wine!
3,290 Views Tasted Jul 26, 2014
A blast of kirsch, fresh black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, licorice, cherries, spice, smoke, earth and garrigue greet you the moment the wine hits the glass. Intense, fresh, vibrant and long, this rich, opulent wine tastes as good as it feels. This is drinking in prime time today.
4,214 Views Tasted Jun 4, 2013
Cherries, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, black raspberry, spice, earth, jam and smoke filled aromatics make up the perfume. The fireworks continue as the wine fills your mouth with deep fresh flavors. This concentrated wine offers a lot of purity and freshness with ample length. At 10, this is drinking beautifully today. With another year or two, this might get even better!
5,441 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2011
|2000||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
With an expressive nose of smoke, licorice, espresso, truffle, earthy plums and black cherries, at almost 16 years of age, this wine still has it. The concentrated, lush, fat, blast of ripe, juicy, plums and earthy black cherry is complicated by a hint of tobacco in the finish.
3,113 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2015
Fully mature, with secondary aromas of smoke, tobacco, black cherry, pepper and earth, the texture is pure silk. This is drinking at the perfect place today. I'm going to finish my few remaining bottles over the next 3-4 years.
3,183 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2013
Powerful aromas filled with ripe black raspberries, cherries, licorice and earth are made all the better by layers of rich, ripe, concentrated, round spicy fruits. From start to finish, this is drinking in the perfect, sweet spot.
2,896 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2012
This concentrated Chateauneuf du Pape shows a lot of jammy red and black fruits, pepper, spice and a hint of oak. Richly textured, if the oak fades with time, this will be an even better wine.
4,668 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2011
|1998||Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
In the sweet spot with loads of sweet, black rasberry, licorice, kirsch, garrigue and jam, the wine is soft, inviting and ends with a rush of fresh, sweet cherries. There is no reason to hold this any longer.
2,634 Views Tasted Dec 26, 2013
Ppacked with sweet, black raspberry jam, black cherry, pepper, spearmint and oak aromas, the wine is full bodied and offers mouth coating textures. The wine ends with a long cherry and fennel filled finish.
3,731 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2010
Blackberry jam, black cherry liqueur, earth and garrigue aromas were all over the room. The oak seemed completely integrated in the nose. The palate presence was incredibly lush. Wave after wave of rich, ripe Grenache poured over your palate. The wine continued evolving for 2 hours! This is a very, sexy, stylish Chateauneuf.
4,476 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2007
Very dark color. Black raspberries, pepper, plums, anise, herbs and brown sugar were easy to discern on the nose. This is a massive, very concentrated wine. Multiple layers of deep, ripe fruit fill your palate. This is a very serious wine and demands more time in the cellar.
2,532 Views Tasted Feb 12, 2005