2006 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois

Year: 2006
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 93-95
Red Wine
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"Very juicy, but sleek and racy, with a big core of warm, crushed fig and plum fruit layered with mocha, black licorice, Turkish coffee and graphite. The long, dark finish is nicely packed for the vintage. Drink now through 2023." (WS)

"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.

This superb Chateauneuf du Pape estate is run by Chrisophe Delorme and his brother from their cellars in Tavel. They produce spectacular Chateauneuf du Papes as well as top-notch Liracs, and glorious Cotes du Rhones and Tavel roses. Their Chateauneuf du Papes have been recognized by the village vignerons in their Festival of St.-Marc, where Mordoree frequently finishes first or second in those blind tastings." (WA)

"Inky purple. Explosively aromatic, captivating bouquet of raspberry, cherry, mocha and Asian spices. Very sexy wine, with deep, sweet red and dark fruit preserve flavors, silky tannins, outstanding palate coverage and lingering spiciness." (IWC)

Winery Notes
Deep ruby red color, red fruits aromas leading to leather, black truffles and coffee notes. Fat and concentrated on the palate, with liquorice and fruity flavors. Pairs well with game and red meats, cheeses.