2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois was bottled just two weeks before I visited the domaine in June, but despite that, it seemed open, lush and delicious on both occasions I tasted it (once blind a week later). Hints of oak and licorice accent black cherries in this big, plush, velvety-textured wine, which is 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% each Syrah and Vaccarèse. It's silky enough to enjoy young but has the requisite stuffing to age well for more than a decade." (WA)

"Shimmering magenta. Expansive, spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suave incense and potpourri qualities. Seamless, energetic and sweet, offering an array of mineral-laced red and blue fruit preserve and floral pastille flavors and a touch of five-spice powder. Finishes juicy and impressively long, displaying fine-grained tannins and lingering florality." (VM)

"This has a powerful, dark-fruit nose with violets and stones, too. Arrives on the palate with a rich array of fine tannins, layering up nicely to deliver a deep, dark and red-berry finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The saturated purple-hued 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De La Reine Des Bois is another brilliant wine from this estate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah and Vaccarèse (as well as a few other varieties) brought up in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolaty herbs, ground pepper, and graphite. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it stays pure and flawlessly balanced on the palate, with silky tannins. I love everything about this wine, which reminds me of a slightly plusher example of the 2010. It has some upfront charm today and will continue drinking brilliantly for 15 years or more." (JD)

"Incense, smoke, a touch of wood, wet earth and cherries comes through in the nose. On the palate, the wine is plush, round and polished with a spicy edge to the lifted, cherries in the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah and 5% Vaccarese. 1712 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2019" (JL)