1996 Domaine de la Mordorée "Cuvée Reine des Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1060543 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois, it is undoubtedly the wine of the vintage for Chateauneuf du Pape. From its youngest days, this offering possessed a level of concentration and intensity far beyond anything else produced in the village. Now that it is in bottle, it is a sensational wine, having more in common with a great vintage such as 1990 or 1989 than 1996. In that sense, it could be called atypical for the year. It boasts a saturated black/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, roasted herbs, and kirsh. Full-bodied, with a sweet, massive mid-palate, fabulous harmony, and outstanding concentration and length, this Chateauneuf, which achieved 14% alcohol naturally, is a gorgeously-textured, superb wine that should continue to evolve for 15+ years. Bravo!  (2/1999)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Amazing quality for a '96. Like a top-class, opulent, thick and ripe Australian Shiraz. The tannins are sensational, velvety and supple, and this modern-style, new-oakish, hedonistic Rhône red explodes with spicy coffee, vanilla bean, smoked bacon and mocha notes, as well as blackberry and red berry flavors. Full-bodied, it walks a tightrope between power and finesse.  (9/1998)

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