Domaine de la Mordorée, Lirac (Rhône Valley, France) “La Reine des Bois” 2022

($45, Kysela Pere et Fils):  Though more well known for its red wines, Lirac produces some lively whites, like this one.  That it is made from organic biodynamically grown grapes indicates to me that the winemaking team is more compulsive in the vineyard because they can’t just spray to control disease.  And it shows in the pure and lively white wine.  Great aromatics draw you in and a subtle fleshy white peach-like nuance keeps you coming back for more.  This nicely balanced white would work well as a stand-alone aperitive or with spiced Asian fare this summer.
90 Michael Apstein May 23, 2023