1998 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois Magnum - 99 pts!
This wine went through a long closed period. It was sensational to drink a year or two after bottling, then the wood tannins in the wineâ€™s structure took over. It remained in that state until about two years ago, when it began to slightly open up, and now it seems to be coming into full form. It still has a good 10 years of upside, and potentially 20 more years of drinkability. Still dense ruby/purple, with notes of blueberry liqueur intermixed with graphite, smoke, crushed rock, and white flowers, the wine is full-bodied, beautifully pure, and all evidence of any barrique aging has been completely assimilated into the wineâ€™s fruit and character. This is a beauty that is just now living up to its full potential. Bravo! RP