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2010 Lirac, La Reine des Bois, Domaine de la Mordorée

2010 Lirac, La Reine des Bois, Domaine de la Mordorée

Red | Drink now | Code:  11094 | 2010 | France > Rhône > Lirac | Southern Rhône Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

94/100

The Wine Advocate - Domaine de la Mordorees 2010 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois remains the reference point for the increasingly popular appellation of Tavel, which has seen an influx of Chateauneuf du Pape producers buying property. The sensational wine has more in common with many top Chateauneuf du Papes than one might expect. Its dense purple color is followed by lots of graphite, black fruits, pepper and floral notes. Full-bodied and super-concentrated with stunning richness as well as a slightly firm structure, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring and should evolve for 10-12 years, outlasting just about any other Lirac produced. Kudos to Christophe Delorme for this remarkable achievement.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2012

The Grape

Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

The Region

Lirac

A short hop across the river Rhône from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac was traditionally best-known for its rosés, but increasingly its approachable, full-bodied reds are taking centre stage. Less Grenache-dominated than its neighbours, the current trend for Lirac is towards a greater proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre, which gives the wines a pleasing firmness and a rich, silky spiciness. The wines can normally be enjoyed from two years’ ageing, up to 10 in some cases.

Lirac’s full, fragrant, food-friendly whites are surprisingly good, containing a minimum of one-third Clairette with the rest made up from Bourbolenc, Grenache Blanc and up to 25 percent each (but no more than 30 percent in total) of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Ugni Blanc and Picpoul. They are best enjoyed in their youth but can last for up to five years.

Rosé production is declining here, which is a shame as the rosés are good value with a lovely, dry, full-bodied summer fruit palate that is zingier than either neighbouring Tavel (which they resemble) or Provence.

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