1991 M. Chapoutier "La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In the same class as the great single-vineyard Cote Roties made by Marcel Guigal (i.e., La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne), La Mordoree is most akin to La Mouline in its seductive, otherworldly fragrance and layers of sweet, expansive, velvety-textured fruit. There were 400 cases made of this saturated purple-colored wine. Its huge bouquet and spectacularly rich, layered personality offer an astonishing example of what low yields from a naturally farmed vineyard and an unfined, unfiltered winemaking philosophy can achieve. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, young red-ruby color. Sexy aromas of smoky oak and coffee grounds. Thick, sweet and chewy, with strong extract and a deep raspberry flavor. The rather lush tannins show a slight dryness. Finishing notes of woodsmoke and pepper. Comes across as ripe and oaky, but somewhat heavy. (ST)
Magnum. Very dark blackish maroon. Concentrated, pure, very direct perfume with a hint of smoked bacon, and lots of pure, still quite youthful fruit. Very refreshing. Liquorice and lots of black things. But no obvious oak and a brisk mineral finish. Persistent. 17.5/20 points.
Ripe and plump, with attractive flavors of plums, smoke and grilled meat. Full-bodied with silky tannins.