2009 Domaine de la Mordorée "Reine des Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1071050 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blockbuster-styled effort, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois doesn’t pull any punches and gives up rocking aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, spice-box, lavender and herbs. Possessing full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and thrilling purity, it can be enjoyed now for its exuberant character, but will also evolve gracefully going forward. (JD)  (8/2014)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2009 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest a mix of Syrah, Counoise, and Vaccarese, that is aged 30% in French oak and the rest in stainless steel. Exuding class and elegance, with a slightly regal profile, this delivers brilliantly pure and clean aromas of blackberry, crème de cassis, coffee, licorice, and edgy minerality on the nose. Fresh and energetic aromatically, the palate follows suite with medium to full body, a pure, precise, and focused texture, solid concentration, and a classically styled, structured finish that highlights ripe, polished tannin. Not as large scaled as some previous vintages, this shines for its purity of fruit and impeccable balance. While approachable now, it should nonetheless be long lived and have two decades of prime drinking. 95+  (6/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Deeply pitched black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are brightened by notes of Asian spices and minerals. Rich and fleshy but shockingly lithe, offering juicy red and dark berry compote flavors and complicating notes of candied lavender and allspice. Finishes sweet and long, with outstanding clarity and persistence.  (2/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very youthful, with lots of exuberant, richly layered blackberry, boysenberry, cassis and plum fruit flavors. The solid structure is buried deep on the spice- and anise-filled finish. Flashy, but has the stuffing to unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2025.  (6/2011)

91 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Spicy red berries and cherry pit on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. Sappy, deeply pitched red fruit and floral pastille flavors show very good energy and pick up a smoky quality with aeration. Finishes dry and precise, with lingering notes of redcurrant and bitter cherry. (JR)  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

95 points Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois is brilliant. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and other approved varietals, it was aged in stainless steel (two-thirds) and smaller older barrels (one-third). Its inky purple color is followed by a gorgeous nose of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, lead pencil shavings, and a hint of raspberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated with abundant floral notes, stunning flavor depth, brilliant purity and sweet tannin, it will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age (atypical for a 2009), and should drink well for 25+ years."

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Rhone Blends



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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape