2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Reine Bois Domaine de la Mordoree

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£536.00 DP

Average critic rating : 95.0 points



The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Reine des Bois is one of the few wines of the vintage to rival the estate’s 2007 counterpart. I suspect Mordoree’s 2007 will put on more weight, but they have made one of the singular wines of the vintage in 2006. Performing far greater from bottle than it did last year from barrel, the 2006 boasts a dense purple color as well as an amazing bouquet of charcoal, blackberries, cherries, licorice, incense, and spring flowers. It hits the palate with a rush of full-bodied opulence and decadence with super-rich fruit, superb purity, a broad, layered, velvety-textured mouthfeel, and a stunningly long finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. This is a great effort for a 2006! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 179 Oct 2008



The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is a big, ripe and muscular effort that doesn’t lack for texture or richness. Giving up plenty of blackberry, charcoal, ground herbs, licorice and beef broth-like notes, this puppy offers a mouthful of fruit and texture to go with serious underlying depth and tannin structure. It’s certainly one of the top 10 wines or so in the vintage and will have over two decades of ultimate longevity. ||As I wrote in the intro for this domaine last year, Domaine de la Mordoree is a reference point estate for Chateauneuf du Pape. Run by the talented brother duo of Fabrice and Christophe Delorme, with Christophe making the wines, they produce a relatively modern-styled Chateauneuf, as well as more than noteworthy Liracs and Tavels. For this tasting at the domaine (I was also able to taste through this full lineup again, from bottles in the U.S.), we started with the older vintages and worked toward the more current releases. In addition to their Reine des Bois cuvee, the Delorme brothers also release a special cuvee call the Cuvee de la Plume du Peintre. It’s made only in top vintages, and, as of today, it’s only been made in 2003 and 2005. There’s a scant 150 cases of each. Coming from a plot of 80-year-old vines located in the famed La Crau lieu-dit, the blend has changed between the two releases, as has the elevage. eRobertParker.com.August, 2014


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