I've long been a buyer and consumer of wines by Domaine de la Mordoree. My first whiffs of their famed Tavel rose wines came at one of the earliest visits to Decouvertes du Rhone, where the line up of Tavel's at a tasting in the eponymous named wine's town showed how much more potential Rose has as more than an aperitif, but equally as a food wine.
The Mordoree wines though are not only from Tavel ,or their home base in Lirac, as the family also has holdings on both sides of the Rhone, including in Chateauneuf du Pape. That's why it's always interesting to open their wines from the "other side" of the Rhone when the mood strikes and the night is right.
Sure, I am an avid fan of their La Reine du Bois across the board, but for the most part, I'm more prefer their Tavel roses simply because of the power, purity and fruit they deliver at the same time. Last night with dinner I popped one of their 2017 Cotes du Rhone Rose's. It was like so many of the 2017's I've had from just about anywhere in the Rhone Valley.
Lovely. Striking. Crisp. Delightful and very, very enjoyable. While there wasn't a single characteristic that stood out in the wine, what made it so delicious was how it was just perfect. Served at about 50 degrees, the cool, fresh, crisp, bone dry body of the wine, its' low alcohol content and subdued by brisk style made it a pleasure to drink. Made from the usual Rhone Valley grape suspects of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvedre, the less significant components of Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan make it something a bit more fruity than the Tavel cousins, but not in a prominent, bold manner, but instead, in a more harmonious way.