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Professional Ratings: 97 The Wine Advocate, 96 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 118481
Cuvee de la Reine des Bois Chateauneuf-du-Pape has a dark red color with blueish hints. Fruity and intense aromas of dried prunes and blackberry with coffee nuances. Melted and concentrated tannins, full bodied, very long fresh finish.
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reine des Bois is exquisite. It is hard to say that it’s better than some of its predecessors, because there have been so many magnificent wines to emerge from Domaine de la Mordoree since the mid-1990s, but this inky purple wine has an extraordinary nose of gun flint, wood smoke and blackberry jam intermixed with spring flowers, kirsch, and blueberries. Stunningly rich, this full-bodied wine is built like a skyscraper, with decent acidity, fabulous delineation to its component parts, and a whopping 45-second finish. The wood is gorgeously integrated, as it usually is, the tannins still noticeable, but not astringent, and the wine majestic. Give it 2-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25+ years.
Vivid purple. Heady, complex scents of black and blue fruits, incense, lavender, licorice and Asian spices, with a smoky overtone. Pliant, palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors are lifted by zesty minerality and complicated by candied flowers and star anise. Supple tannins build with air and add shape and grip to the very long, sappy, spice-accented finish. This distinctly exotic wine has the depth and structure to age.