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Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois
Domaine de la Mordoree
France - Rhone Valley - Lirac AOC   

La Reine des Bois - "Queen of the Woods" - represents premium quality for Domaine de la Mordoree.

Gold with green hints. Aromas of white and yellow fruits - peach, apricot, pear, citrus fruits, verbena, acacia. The palate is round, fruity, complex and elegant, with a long finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Lirac AOC
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
30% Grenache, 20% Clairette, 15% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 3% Picpoul, and 2% Bourboulenc (2022)
Age of vines
40 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
galet roules' (large round pebbles) on a mix of sand and red clay.
Vinification
Skin maceration, direct press and temperature control. 10% fermented in used casks; 90% in stainless steel. Hand harvested & estate bottled.
20% of the wine was aged in Oak barrels for 6 months.
Production
1,500 (only 1,400 case for the 2021 vintage) (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Pairs well with appetizers, fish, seafood, Comté cheese.

Reviews and News

2023 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

2023 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Juicy white peach, minty herbs, orange blossom, and spice notes all shine in the 2023 Lirac Cuvée De La Reine Des Bois Blanc, a beautifully balanced, elegant, layered white based on 30% Grenache, 20% Clairette, and 15% each Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne, as well as splashes of Picpoul and Bourboulenc. It would easily compete with any number of top Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc."

- Jeb Dunnuck (Importer Highlight: Fran Kysela ; July 2024), 94 pts

2022 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - JS

2022 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Aromas of fresh citron, white pepper, bay leaves and fresh herbs. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy texture. Round with volume and a saline character towards the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold."

 - James Suckling (July 3rd 2023), 92 pts

2022 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

2022 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

"wa91The 2022 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois shows a bit more honeyed richness on the nose and a touch of apricot-like Viognier character. Medium to full-bodied, it's a plusher example, round in the mouth and long on the finish. - Joe CZERWINSKI"


 - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (September 29th 2023), 91 pts

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"I loved the 2021 Lirac Blanc, one of those whites that truly over-delivers. Beautiful notes of pear, white flowers, citrus, and some salty, mineral-like nuances define this beauty, and it's medium-bodied, with terrific balance, integrated acidity, and a great, great finish. Bravo. Drink this over the coming 2-4 years.”

- Jeb Dunnuck (November 2022), 94 pts

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - Decanter

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - Decanter

decanter logo 250"There's a touch of oak on the nose and palate that helps to frame the tangy citrus notes, and lends a touch of spice, but it's far from overwhelming. Full-bodied, classically Lirac in its breadth on the palate. Ends on a nip of grapefruit bitterness. Good acidity. Also contains Marsanne, Viognier and Piquepoul."
- Decanter (October 1st 2022), 92 pts

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - JS

2021 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Brimming with stone-fruit aromas with a touch of mango, this is a rich but very clean and crisp dry white from the Southern Rhone. Good concentration and a touch of positive tannin help it carry the generous body and 14.5% alcohol. From organically grown grapes. Drink now."

 - James Suckling (March 2022), 90 pts

2020 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - SJ

2020 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - SJ

somm journal purple logo"Iconic grapes of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 10% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, and 5% Picpoul from 40-year-old vines make up this organic Southern Rhône white. A floral bouquet of white tea and jasmine make their designs on a defined slate mouthfeel. Lime pops with a tart center, along with notes of peach and gingerbread on a keen, edgy finish."

- The Somm Journal (Feb/March 2022), 94 pts

2020 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WE

2020 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts

"This spry, perfumed and dry white opens with streaks of orange blossom and sun-drenched white peach. Vinified predominantly in stainless steel (with just 10% in neutral oak casks), it offers juicy stone-fruit and citrus flavors accented by hints of crushed stone and fresh herb. Best enjoyed now–2026. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast (April 2022), 91 pts

2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A mix of most of the permitted white varieties (mostly Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne), the 2019 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc is thrilling stuff, and I’d certainly put it up with any of the top Châteauneuf du Pape whites out there. Light gold hued with a clean, classy bouquet of crushed citrus, spiced pear, white flowers, and honeyed minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, and a great, salty, lip-smacking finish. It’s well worth seeking out and is ideal for enjoying over the coming 2-4 years (although I suspect it will last even longer).”
- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2020), 94 pts

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 93 PTS - WE

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Plumes of spring blossom and grapefruit zest perfume this exuberant dry white. A rich, full-bodied blend of six regional white grape varieties, it's buoyantly peachy but maintains a fresh mineral balance. At peak now but should hold through 2024. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 93 pts

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

wa"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”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October  2019), 91 pts

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2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - JD

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"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 (August 16th 2019), 89 pts

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2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"Honeyed pineapple marks the nose of the 2016 Lirac La Reine des Bois Blanc. This rich, tropical fruit-laden wine somehow manages to maintain a sense of balance despite the almost overwhelming sensory overload, finishing long and dry. - Joe Czerwinski”
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 31st 2017), 92 pts

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2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"I continue to be impressed by this cuvée and the 2015 Lirac Cuvee de La Reine des Bois Blanc is another beautiful wine. Offering terrific notes of stone fruits, citrus blossom and a hint of freshly peeled apples, it has medium to full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and a great finish. This puppy has the freshness and purity to stand on its own, as well as the richness and depth to shine on the dinner table. - Jeb Dunnuck"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #227, October 28th 2016), 92 pts

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2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright, green-tinged straw. Fresh melon and nectarine scents are enlivened by suggestions of honey, chamomile and candied orange. Fleshy, expansive and dry, offering juicy pit fruit and melon flavors and a subtle touch of succulent herbs. Smoothly combines heft and vivacity and finishes long, seamless and floral, displaying a lingering hint of poached pear. - Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (June 2016), 90 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"A smokin’ white, the 2014 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois Blanc sports a light gold color to go with tons of citrus blossom, crushed rock, hints of peach, and more brioche and nuttiness (even though this was raised all in stainless steel) developing on the finish. It has terrific freshness, good overall richness and an impeccably balanced feel, all of which will allow it to drink nicely for 2-4 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #223, March 2016), 91 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - WS

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"This lively white shows enticing yellow apple, melon rind and white peach flavors, liberally laced with honeysuckle and quinine notes. Energetic finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. - JM"

- Wine Spectator (October 31st 2015), 90 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Pale yellow. Lively aromas of green apple, lemon zest and jasmine, backed by a subtle mineral note. Dry and racy on entry, offering bitter pear skin and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Closes on a spicy note, showing good length and a lingering ginger quality. - Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (June 2016), 89 pts

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2013 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - WE

2013 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts"It’s basically one-third each Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, but the Viognier speaks loudest in the finished wine. Apricot and peppery-gingery spice notes mark the nose, while the texture is bolstered by Viognier’s phenolic content without becoming bitter. Drink now through 2015. — J.C."

- Wine Enthusiast (February 2015), 90 pts

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