Domaine-de-la-Mordorée Châteauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois 2017
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
Color : intense and deep dark rubis, opaque.
Aromas : red fruits (strawberry, red cherry) and black (Black currant and blackberry) violet , after aging : leather notes and black truffles.
Mouth : dense, fat and rounded, well balanced with a lot of freshness, mild tannins.
The saturated purple-hued 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De La Reine Des Bois is another brilliant wine from this estate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah and Vaccarèse (as well as a few other varieties) brought up in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolaty herbs, ground pepper, and graphite. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it stays pure and flawlessly balanced on the palate, with silky tannins. I love everything about this wine, which reminds me of a slightly plusher example of the 2010. It has some upfront charm today and will continue drinking brilliantly for 15 years or more.
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