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2004 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois

Another wine that checks in near the top of the vintage, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is still a baby, with medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and loads of blackcurrant, lead pencil, licorice and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Give it another couple of years and drink it through 2024. 

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.-94 Points Parker

 Wine Advocate: 94
1997 Le Fonti Chianti Classico Riserva

Ruby-garnet, very dark and full. Warm and alcoholic on the expansive nose, with notes of roasted coffee, game and damp earth. Full, dense, sweet and strong on the palate, with ripe, sensual, spicy fruit. Finishes with considerable weight and persistence.-Tanzer 90 Points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 90
2004 Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois

Another wine that checks in near the top of the vintage, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is still a baby, with medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and loads of blackcurrant, lead pencil, licorice and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Give it another couple of years and drink it through 2024. 

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.-94 Point Parker

 Wine Advocate: 94
1991 Domaine du Monteillet St. Joseph

Domaine du Monteillet has made quite a first impression! The1991 Rhene Valley vintage was strongest in Condrieu and Cote Rotie, but this wine is a candidate for the best 1991 from St.-Joseph. New oak was not employed, so you can imagine the richness of the peppery, black currant-flavored Syrah fruit in this wine. There is a deep, viscous texture, sweet, chewy flavors, and gobs of fruit in the finish. Anticipated maturity: now-2004. Last tasted 9/95.-Parker 90 Points

 Wine Advocate: 90
1998 Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape

This is a provocative wine, and probably somewhat controversial, with its notes of charcuterie, incense, and Provencal herbs. The incredibly intoxicating smorgasbord of aromas is followed by flavors that match its aromatic profile. A complex wine that is distinctive, rich, full-bodied, and still capable of lasting another decade, I thought this was an impressive wine, but in a very spicy, earthy style. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.- Robert Parker 93 Points

 Wine Advocate: 93
1994 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi

The superb, backward 1994 Clos Dofi requires 3-5 years of cellaring. The color is a dense saturated purple, and the nose offers up black currant, raspberry, and kirsch aromas intermixed with vanillin and minerals. Tannic and medium-bodied, with exquisite ripeness and overall equilibrium, this powerful wine should be at its best between 2002-2016. -95 Robert Parker

 Wine Advocate: 95