2001 Domaine de la Mordorée "Cuvée de la Reine des Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More youthful and backwards, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois has been incredibly consistent for me and always comes in near the top of the scale. Black raspberry, blackberry, wood smoke, licorice, crushed rock-like minerality and smoked beef are just some of the nuances here, and it hits the palate with serious levels of fruit, thrilling structure and blockbuster length. It still needs another handful of years to hit full maturity, but its off-the-hook good today (assuming you’re not completely against tannin). (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and roasted nuts; if some past vintages of this wine have been Burgundian in style, this is classic roasted Chateauneuf du Pape, but with more black than red fruits. Large-scaled, thick and explosive in the mouth, with lush flavors of black fruits, creme de framboise and minerals and firm underlying structure. Wonderfully sweet, dense and long on the aftertaste, with big but fine tannins. (ST)
Well-made in an elegant style. Clean, pure and focused; a lovely red packed with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), coffee and plum. Smooth tannins, refined finish. Firm backbone will keep it aging gracefully, but this medium-bodied red is tempting now.
Christophe Delorme (Domaine de la Mordorée) has completely transformed a once lackluster estate into one of the most meticulously run properties of not only the Rhone Valley, but of France. A brilliant winemaker. One of the top wines of the vintage. Very rare.