Why Buy: One of the best-kept secrets in France is this family-owned and -operated domaine, which produces wines of remarkable density, intensity, and length – and does it for a lot less than the cost of more celebrated estates in Rhône and beyond. Its 95-point Châteauneuf-du-Pape from 2021 will wow you, and its 93-point Lirac Dame Rousse, also from 2021, is a total steal of a deal at less than $28 a bottle.


What They're Saying: The 95-point La Reine des Bois, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2021 sent Decanter into swoons, from its "gorgeous" nose to its "opulent" fruit to its "very long" finish, while the 2021 vintage of the domaine's entry wine, Lirac Dame Rousse 2021, earned 93 points and the admiration of James Suckling, who praised its "fine tannins," "velvety mid-palate," "focused finish," and "excellent length."


The Story: As French estates go, this one's a relative baby. But, as in life itself, age is just a number. Founded in the heart of AOC Tavel, on the right bank of the Rhône, by Christopher Delorme and his father, in 1986, the estate today is managed by Christopher's wife, Madeleine, and their daughter, Ambre. What it lacks in centuries-old tradition, it more than makes up for with a passionate and exacting dedication to the winemaking art. Terroir is not just a buzzword here – it's the governing philosophy, and invoked with a reverence that nearly approaches the religious. It should therefore come as no surprise that the family assiduously sought, and was proud to have been granted, Demeter certification, in 2020, as a fully biodynamic estate. Great wines, Mordorée believes, are made in the field and not in the cellar. Accordingly, all harvesting is done by hand, interventions are minimal to non-existent, and yields are kept low.


Our Tasting Notes: A Châteauneuf-du-Pape to remind you what all the fuss is about. Aromatic, dense, and layered, and with soft, yielding tannins, this is a wine that comes at you in waves, and the finish is so long and rich that you'll want to linger a while before (eagerly) taking your next sip. Little wonder that the grapes come from galets roulés soils – that is, soils made up of rolled pebbles that help to ensure optimal ripening and protect the vine during the growing season. The Lirac Dame Rousse 2021, sourced from biodynamically-grown grapes, is a minor revelation, with so much clarity, length, and depth that you're left to marvel at how something so well-made could be priced so low.


Fun Fact: The name of the estate is an homage to the woodcock, a local bird and a symbol, across cultures, of adaptability and strength.


Our Guarantee: We always buy and source directly from the estate, so rest assured: your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Order yours today!

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2024. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, CT, GA, KS, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, NC, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, June 6th, 2024.