Domaine de la Mordorée, named after the local dialect word for “woodcock”, is one of the stellar producers in the Southern Rhône. It can attribute its elevated status to former winemaker Christophe Delorme, who arrived at the domaine in 1986; sadly, he passed away in 2016 and the winemaking is now in the very capable hands of former Cellar Manager Rémy Chauvet, who continues Christophe’s legacy. It is widely known that Christophe was truly in tune with the heartbeat of his vineyards, so it will come as no surprised that they are certified organic. With a keen interest in biodynamics, Christophe had also spent seven years working a portion of his vineyards according to biodynamic practices, with the freedom to pick and choose the elements that would truly enhance the quality of his wines. In 1989 he bought his much-loved Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard and the current vineyard holdings stand at 55 hectares of vineyard on 38 different parcels over eight districts.
The wines produced by this domaine are rich, poised and beautifully balanced, with a deeply rooted sense of place. The Lirac Blanc is a rich and fruity blend, dominated by Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. The Lirac Rouge is a blend dominated by Grenache and Syrah, whilst the Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dominated by Grenache, with usually very little Syrah in the blend. The Grenache dominated Tavel Rosé – a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Clairette, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Bourboulenc – is considered one of the best in the region.
Size: 55 ha
Winemaker: Christophe Delorme
His white Lirac is a rich and fruity blend, dominated by Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. The Côtes du Rhône and Lirac reds are blends dominated by Grenache and Syrah, whilst the Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dominated by Grenache, with usually very little Syrah in the blend. The Grenache dominated Tavel rosé is considered one of the best of the region and regularly gets over 90 points from Robert Parker.
“Christophe Delorme and the estate have a huge reputation for quality. An outstanding domaine that has grown in popularity among drinkers. The wines are delicious and really balanced when young, but have an exemplary style of evolution as well. To be followed!” Christopher Delalonde MS, Sommelier at The Boundary, UK Sommelier of the Year 2010.
“They produce spectacular Châteauneuf-du-Papes as well as top-notch Liracs, and glorious Côtes du Rhônes…” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate