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

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

Deep, dark red color with blueish hints. Highly fruity aromas - raspberry, billberry, blackberry - combine with violet notes and a touch of coffee. Elegant tannins; round; full-bodied; long and fresh finish.

Specifications
Appellation
Lirac AOC
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre (2017). 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre (2016)
Age of vines
40 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
mostly 'galets roulés' (large round pebbles) on a mix of sand and red clay.
Vinification
30 days maceration with temperature control. 10% fermented in used casks; 90% in stainless steel. Hand harvested & estate bottled.
Pairings

Grilled meats, sauce meats, game birds, game rabbits and semi-mature cheeses.

Reviews and News

2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 92-94 PTS - JD

2019 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 92-94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Moving to the 2019 reds and a blend of 40% Syrah and 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, the 2019 Lirac La Reine Des Bois reveals a deep purple hue as well as a masculine, mineral-laced bouquet cassis, framboise, ground pepper, graphite, and smoked meat. The Syrah dominates the nose at present yet it shows more Grenache sexiness on the palate and is full-bodied, has a seamless texture, great tannins, and a beautiful finish. There are enough tannins and underlying structure to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age, yet it should be 10-15 years wine. It’s always in the running for the Lirac of the vintage, and bests many a top Châteauneuf du Pape."

- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2020), 92-94 pts

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac La Reine des Bois - 91-93 PTS - WA

2018 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac La Reine des Bois - 91-93 PTS - WA

wa"A tank sample of the 2018 Lirac La Reine des Bois suggests yet another top vintage for this reliable cuvée. It's more "red fruits" than the 2017, but it's still fully ripe, with velvety tannins, ample weight and power on the palate and a bright, vibrant finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #256, October  2019), 91-93 pts

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2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 PTS - WE

2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 93 pts

2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 pts - JD

2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The flagship is the 2017 Lirac La Reine Des Bois, a Mourvèdre-heavy blend that includes 30% each of Syrah and Grenache. Its deep purple color is followed by stunning notes of blackberries, cassis, graphite, earth, and peppery herbs. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and voluptuous, it has no hard edges, remarkable purity, and a blockbuster finish. It's a decidedly sexy, forward, opulent wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 16th 2019), 93 pts

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2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac La Reine des Bois - 91-93 PTS - WA

2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac La Reine des Bois - 91-93 PTS - WA

wa"Not yet bottled at the time of my visit, but the 2017 Lirac La Reine des Bois was blended. It's 40% Syrah and 30% each Grenache and Mourvèdre, with 10% aged in barriques and the rest kept in tank. There is a slight cedary note and hints of baking spices, but the focus is on layers of plush, ripe fruit. Cherries—both red and black—mark the full-bodied, velvety-textured palate, lingering on the long finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #256, October  2019), 91-93 pts

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2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 95 pts - JD

2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 95 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"One of the finest releases from not only this appellation but the entire Southern Rhône, the 2016 Lirac La Reine Des Bois is a unique blend of close to equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that’s brought up in 30% used barrels, the balance in stainless steel. It literally jumps from the glass with loads of blackberry and currant fruits, graphite, charred meats, and peppery herbs. Deeply colored, medium to full-bodied, with sensational purity, give bottles a year or two and enjoy through 2028. It’s another brilliant wine from this estate that’s landed on both feet after the passing of winemaker Christophe Delorme in 2015."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 26th 2018), 95 pts

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2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 pts - Editor's Choice - WE

2016 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 93 pts - Editor's Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Violet and licorice candy lend spice and perfume to this plump, penetrating blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It's loaded with sun-kissed cherry flavor but shaded by umami notes of mushroom and leather too. Luscious but sleek, this polished wine is marked by fine, feathery tannins. Ready now it should improve through 2026. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2019), 93 pts, Editor's Choice

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2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

wa93"The 2015 Lirac La Reine des Bois continues this estate's mastery of the appellation, combining hints of vanilla with black cherry fruit in a full-bodied, richly textured and tannic wine. The blend is 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, with up to 15% being aged in barriques. Longtime readers will be happy to know that the 2010 (still youthful) and the 2006 (nearing maturity) are drinking well. Based on that, expect this vintage to drink well through at least 2030.- Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 31st 2017), 93 pts

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2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 90-92 pts - WA

2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 90-92 pts - WA

wa300"Moving to the reds from Lirac, the estate releases two cuvées: the base la Dame Rousse and the flagship La Reine des Bois. The 2015 Lirac Cuvée de la Reine des Bois is a beauty and has a distinct minerality in its black raspberry, black cherry, graphite and bouquet garni-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully rich, supple and textured on the palate, yet with plenty of underlying grip and structure, it should hit the ground running and drink nicely through 2025. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 90-92 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright violet. Potent smoke- and earth-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and floral pastilles, lent vivacity by a vibrant mineral element. Sappy and palate-staining, offering juicy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors given spine and lift by tangy acidity. Clings with very good tenacity on the youthfully tannic finish, which echoes the blue fruit and smoke notes. - Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (June 2016), 91 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

wa93"The 2014 Lirac Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is an incredible effort that transcends the vintage and is easily the wine of the vintage from Lirac. Possessing fabulous purity and elegance, with medium to full-bodied richness, classic notes of crème de cassis, caramelized meats, violets and licorice, sweet tannin and a great finish, I doubt it will be the longest lived example of this cuvée, but man, hats off to the team for this killer wine in a difficult vintage! - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 93 pts

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2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 92 pts - WE

2014 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 92 pts - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Unusually full-bodied and rich for a 2014, this is a big, muscular wine. The superripe plummy fruit is wrapped in a luxurious coat of chocolate-vanilla oak, yet finishes with drive to match its dusty tannins. Drink now–2025."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2017), 92 pts

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2013 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe dark fruit, spicecake and candied lavender gain vivacity from a smoky mineral element. Gently sweet, palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors turn fleshier and spicier with air and pick up a suggestion of cracked pepper. Chewy and focused, finishing with strong mineral cut and even tannins that are slowly absorbed by the dark fruit. - Josh Raynolds"

- Vinous (June 2016), 90 pts

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2013 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 92 pts - WA

2013 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 92 pts - WA

wa92"A head turner, the 2013 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois sports an inky purple color to go with classic notes of Provençal herbs, earth, leather and the essence of jammy blackberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully ripe and concentrated, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming 8-10 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 221, October 2015), 92 pts

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2012 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

2012 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois - 93 pts - WA

wa93"Even better, and a smoking Lirac that vies for the top wine of the appellation, the 2012 Lirac La Reine des Bois has gorgeous crème de cassis, licorice, pan drippings, wood spice and hints of graphite. Offering knockout purity, full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin, it tastes like a top flight Chateauneuf and will drink nicely for over a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 216, January 2015), 93 pts

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2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 92 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 92 Pts"Moving to the 2011 reds, and showing plenty of aromatic similarity to its big brother, the 2011 Lirac Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is a superb wine in the vintage. Offering up lively and clean notes of black raspberry, licorice, graphite and toasty notes, it is a medium-bodied, supple and beautifully polished Lirac meant for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. "

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck, Issue #209, October 2013), 92 pts

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2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - WS

2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Rouge La Reine des Bois - 89 PTS - WS

Wine Spectator 89 Pts"A fleshy, ripe style, with enticing plum cake, boysenberry pâte de fruit and melted licorice notes. A combination of good spice, embedded acidity and a thread of graphite on the finish keeps this honest. Drink now through 2016. 1,800 cases made. –JM"

Wine Spectator (October 31st 2013), 89 pts

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Producer Information: Domaine de la Mordoree

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 ...
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