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Domaine de la Mordoree
France - Rhone Valley

In 1986, brothers Christophe and Fabrice Delorme, along with their father Francis, decided to dedicate themselves to their passion for wine. They bought an estate in Tavel with the goal of producing the greatest wines in each appellation while preserving the environment. Within a decade, they had achieved that goal, and continued getting better and better each year. Domaine de la Mordorée produces some of our best wines, and they have selected and maintained some of the finest terroirs. Their Châteauneuf-du-Papes, Lirac Reds & Whites, and Tavel Rosés are among the most highly rated of the region.

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Unfortunately, in 2015, the remarkably talented Christophe passed away at the age of 52. Christophe was highly respected and regarded by Fran Kysela, and the enjoyed a wonderful business partnership for 21 year. He was also highly regarded by Robert Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate, who pinned Mordorée as "one of the world’s greatest wine estates". In a 2007 issue of the Wine Advocate, Parker said:

"With 135 acres spread throughout some of the most impressive appellations of the southern Rhône, Christophe Delorme and his brother...have done nothing but produce one exquisite wine after another. Of course, the top cuvees of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are rare and expensive, but this is a place to find terrific Cotes du Rhones and Liracs as well. Delorme is equally adept at dry whites as well as reds, and turns out some stunning roses both under the Cotes du Rhône and Tavel appellations..."

Christophe’s legacy and his talent live on through his daughter Ambre, as well as a talented team at Domaine de la Mordoree that includes winemaker Rémy Chauvet, who worked as Christophe’s cellar manager. Jeb Dunnuck praised the estate for the quality of their first vintage without Christophe, saying the Domaine was “obviously still in incredibly capable hands.”

Mordorée’s vineyards consist of 55 hectares (135 acres) on 38 different parcels, containing a rich, wide range of soils and climates. The soil is a mix of clay, chalk and sand with pebble stones. The vines are trained according to two methods:

  • Goblet training is used for older, untrellised vineyards, with the canopy remaining free. This traditional pruning method provides better resistance to wind and drought, and lesser sensitivity to trunk diseases, which can kill the vines.
  • Cordon de Royat training is used for newer, trellised vineyards. This newer training method allows for higher vines, leaving a larger leaf surface exposed to the sun, which yield colorful grapes that are richer in tannins and in sugar. Exposure to sunlight also produces healthier grapes and allows a greater development of aromas.

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Mordorée’s plantings are in Tavel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, Cotes-du-Rhone & Condrieu:

  • TAVEL - Domaine de la Mordorée's vineyards are located on the Vallongue plateau, in the villages of Palai, Roquanaute and Romagnac. They are planted with 60% Black Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault, 5% Bourboulenc and White Clairette.
  • CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - vineyards are located in the villages of La Crau, la Nerthe, Cabrières, Le Bois de la Ville. They are planted with 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault, 5% Counoise, 5% Syrah, 5% Vaccarese.
  • LIRAC - vineyards are located mainly in the plateaus of Lirac and Tavel, Les Baumes, as well as an area called Les Châtaigniers, meaning the chestnut trees, which are quite unusual in those areas.
  • COTES-DU-RHONE - soils are made up mainly of pebbles, clay, stones, broken-stone deposits.
  • CONDRIEU - vineyards lie on the eastern slopes of the Massif Central. The appellation is named after the commune of Condrieu, meaning a corner (coin) of land where two streams meet (rieu, akin to the Spanish rio). The vineyards produce only Viognier.

Mordorée follows the culture raisonnée method, intervening in the vineyard only when necessary. The yield is reduced in the vineyard by ébourgeonnage (de-budding in spring) and vendanges vertes in summer (green harvesting). The top wines are aged in special oak barrels like jupille for 10 months. No expense is spared at this domaine to achieve quality.

Reviews and News

Domaine de la Mordorée Wine Advocate Issue 227

Domaine de la Mordorée Wine Advocate Issue 227

wa300"Since the untimely death of Christophe Delorme last year, the winemaking at Domaine de la Mordorée has fallen to Rémy Chauvet, who was the cellar manager under Christophe for a number of years. Based on these 2015 barrel samples, the estate is obviously still in incredibly capable hands. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016)

Domaine de la Mordorée Wine Advocate Issue 215

Domaine de la Mordorée Wine Advocate Issue 215

wa300"I've yet to see these guys put a foot wrong, and regardless of the vintage, they're able to make superb wines. In addition to their terrific Châteauneuf du Papes, they continue to raise the quality of their Lirac and Côtes du Rhône releases. Also, while these all have the ability to drink nicely on release, they age beautifully. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 215, October 2014)

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Producer Details
Founded
1986
Location
France
Wine Production Area
France - Rhone Valley - Chateauneuf du Pape AOC, Condrieu AOC, Cotes du Rhone AOC, Lirac AOC, Tavel AOC
Owners
Delorme Family
Winemaker
Remy Chauvet
Acreage
135 acres (55 hectares)
Grape Varietal(s)
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Carignan, Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Picpoul, Clairette , Bourboulenc, Picpoul Gris
Age of Vines
up to 60 years
Agricultural Practices
biodynamic