About the wine
Average age of vines is 30 years, grown on galets roulés over red sand, with a small amount of clay. Manual harvest. Cold skin maceration, direct pressing and temperature control. 10% fermented in barriques, the rest in stainless steel.
Gold with green hints. Aromas of white and yellow fruits, peach, pear, apricot, verbena.On the palat round, very long, very fruity, complex and elegant..
About the producer
The Delorme family meticulously runs one of the most successful domaines in the Southern Rhône, La Mordorée. Very sadly, Christophe passed away unexpectedly in 2015. His dynamism and drive will be sorely missed, but his wife, daughter, brother Fabrice and team continue to further refine the quality of wine that derives from their 40 hectares of vines, as, like many, they believe that the best wines are made in the vineyard. Every wine receives the same care, be it the simplest Côtes du Rhône or the top Châteauneuf du Pape. Despite success and multiple awards, the prices remain very reasonable.
From a deep-rooted winegrowing background, it was only in 1986 that the Delorme family dedicated itself entirely to their passion for wine. Their goal was clear: to produce the best wine from each of their appellations, while preserving terroir. The family therefore acquired new lands, broadening the vineyard holdings and enriching their spread of appellations with new parcels of land, including Châteauneuf du Pape in 1989. In time, they have built up a 60 hectares vineyard on 38 different plots of land, in 8 different districts. This mosaic of different parcels provides a rich, wide range of soils and microclimates. Faithful to their passion for the woodcock, the family decided to name the Domaine after its “poetical” name: La Mordorée. They then used two other themed names for two of their Lirac cuvées: ‘La Dame Rousse’ (the Redheaded Lady) and ‘La Reine des Bois’ (the Queen of the Woods).
Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):The oak in the 2018 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois has been pared back to only 10% (used barrels), allowing more melon fruit to show through than in the past. A blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 10% each Marsanne and Viognier and 5% Picpoul, it's full-bodied, round and honeyed. Soft and approachable, it should be consumed over the next year or two. Tasted twice (once blind), with one sample lacking fruit and length (sub-threshold TCA?). ( Joe Czerwinski) Points: 91. Issue Date: 31/10/2019
Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):Light gold-colored, the 2018 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc offers classy notes of apple blossom, mulled pears, and honeysuckle. It's clean and medium-bodied, with good depth of fruit, integrated acidity, and a clean finish. It's not one of the stronger releases here, but it’s still a solid effort. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 89. Date Tasted: 16/08/2019
Regions Vintage Report:A year defined by a very wet spring but a warm and dry summer with very different results. The whites have generally less alcohol and are successful across the region while the reds, more affected by the climate, express a multitude of styles. Once again the yields were low and a few producers hardly made any wine! The North The region wasn’t as badly affected by the rain and being located on steep hills many of the best vineyards have great drainage potential. There was a little mildew but quite limited compared to the South and the yields are correct. The whites are fresher than 2017, rich, aromatic but with good tension. The reds are concentrated but balanced with enough structure to guarantee ageing. Their ripeness makes them charming and very appealing already but, thanks to the concentration due to the relatively low yields, they are not light and the best examples will age very well. Overall it’s an extremely good vintage with a few exceptional wines. The South The year was complicated: the rain started late March and didn’t stop until June. Working in the vineyards was very difficult; treating against the diseases like mildew was a real challenge that many organic but also conventional producers lost resulting in very low yields. Some vineyards and appellations were more affected, especially when there is a large clay content in the soil. Fortunately the summer was dry, quite hot, and the healthier vines produced nicely ripened fruit. The wines are generally charming and very appealing now without a huge concentration of tannins but they have good balance and enough structure to age, especially for the better vineyards and the east of the region, less affected by the weather. Knowing about the difficulties encountered by the producers I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines, many showing delicate and charming styles with early potential. They are not as rich and powerful as the 2015, 2016 and some of the 2017 vintages but will be more satisfying to many drinkers, especially when consumed young as it so often happens.Christian Honorez, Director February 2020©adVINture 2020