Started in 1986 by the Delorme brothers, Domaine de la Mordoree (woodcock) has become one of the top estates in the Rhone, with arguably the most consistent quality. Christophe Delorme's objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces, striving to achieve a perfect balance between concentration and terroir. The domaine consists of 55 Hectares, on 38 different parcels, providing a rich, wide range of soils and climates. They practice "culture raisonnée", with minimum intervention in the vineyards, and as close as possible organic viticulture.
"The end never justifies the means" is the motto at Christophe Delorme's revered Domaine de la Mordorée. He believes that the means of achieving greatness is as important as the result itself. For Christophe, the "means" consists of total respect for Mother Nature, a philosophy that has guided him for the last 15 years. In 1986, Christophe Delorme decided to dedicate himself to his passion for wine. He started his estate with the objective to produce the best wines in each appellation while maintaining preservation of the environment. The majority of Christophe's vineyard sites are organic and biodynamic and they have established their own ecosystems within each site.
The improvements at the domaine have been incredible: new pneumatic presses, new stainless steel vats, new destemmers, new vinification techniques and ageing in the best quality oak barrels for their top wines. Only natural products are used to fertilize the soil in order to propigate biological activity with weeds grown between rows of vines to inhibit soil erosion and harmful insects. The yield is reduced in the vineyard by ébourgeonnage (de budding in spring) and "vendanges vertes" in summer (green harvesting). Machine Harvesting is forbidden and against the domaine's natural focus. The complex integrated pest control system which utilizes natural ecosystems is used instead of manmade intervention. No expense is spared at the Estate of this dynamic and advanced Rhône Producer.