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The Delormes of Domaine de la Mordorée are a lovely family, committed to their terroir in the broadest possible sense. For them 'terroir' is not merely an expression of geology or geography: rather it is a concept that embraces the totality of life in the place where they live and everything about the way they conduct their lives in that place. They consider themselves to be 'guardiens' of the local ecology, which is why they farm biodynamically, and why they have chosen 'la Mordorée' as...
Lifted notes of stone fruits, verbena and honeysuckle. The 2018 is a fresh, medium bodied wine, integrated acidity, similar fruits profiles to the nose with a clean finish. A small percentage of the wines is fermented in old casks which adds texture without the overpowering oak characters. A brilliant wine as always.
A visionary, perfectionist, and passionate winery shows their respect of the terroir and their love of the land. The Estate is fully organic, with a biodynamic approach to land and cellaring. The harvest is done manually on the entire farm. Strict pruning practices and green harvesting guarantees the right number of clusters and better air circulation per vine. This also brings colour, structure, and complexity of aromas to the berries.
The winery’s philosophy is that nature is much more gifted than man, and that technology is only used to avoid blunders. They let the natural yeasts of the land do the work, checking the evolution of the fermentation through frequent analysis. The wine undergoes skin maceration, direct press and temperature control fermentation, 10% in used casks and 90% in stainless steel.
- 91 Points -
The oak in the 2018 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois has been pared back to only 10% (used barrels), allowing more melon fruit to show through than in the past. A blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 10% each Marsanne and Viognier and 5% Picpoul, it's full-bodied, round and honeyed. Soft and approachable, it should be consumed over the next year or two. Tasted twice (once blind), with one sample lacking fruit and length.See detailed press review