2001 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


2001 Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Quite charming with its spicy kirsch, cherry, garrigue, and peppery profile. Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, and refined, this is no longer at its peak and has started its slow decline. It is not urgent to finish it up, but if you are sitting on several bottles, you should be popping those corks. 94 Points

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This bottle seems to have just slipped past maturity. There is still a lot to like here, with its all its lush, ripe, sweet, juicy, peppery kirsch, black cherry, thyme and earthy notes. But it seems to lack the same level of intensity and power found in previous bottles from the same case. Note to self, try another bottle in the moderate future. 95 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 100 Points

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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! 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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! 97 Points

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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.