This cuvée's primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, compared to the the Côte Blonde where more acidic and sandy soils grow wines of less dense color. Together these wines create a seamless whole in one of the most exciting appellations in the Northern Rhône. Pure Syrah, grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines, gives this wine power and spiciness, and perhaps less outright mass than any of Ermitage selections. Yet its sensual thrills resonate long after the taste has been consumed, and its gain in time of the more earthy and smoky notes so typical of great Côte Rôtie make it one of the world's unique wine wonders.
Deep ruby color.
Raspberry, a hint of violet, a touch of black olive tapenade and rosemary, with predominant spice and rosemary notes on the nose.
Full flavored, elegant, very well structured and balanced.
"Bass notes of roasted mesquite and ganache support the fig and currant core, with lots of singed bay leaf, charcoal and espresso to fill in on the finish, where a black tea note echoes in the background. Shows serious muscle, but riveting acidity keeps it all harnessed. Needs a little time to settle in, but will be worth the wait for its terrific length and range. Best from 2015 through 2030."
"The 2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (471 cases) is potentially the finest La Mordoree made since the monumental 1991 (which is just beginning to hit full maturity at age 20). Spring flower, black olive, smoky barbecued meat, creme de cassis, graphite and black cherry characteristics are all found in this complex, aromatic effort. With an unctuous texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this is a gorgeous example of Cote Rotie Syrah that should drink nicely for 20-25+ years.
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque purple. Cherry compote, cassis and violet on the highly perfumed nose. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show impressive intensity and focus, with notes of allspice and star anise adding complexity. Smoothly combines power with vivacity. A bright mineral note adds cut to the very long, sappy, refreshingly bitter finish."
International Wine Cellar