From vines lovingly planted well over 100 years ago, the Domaine Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale Chateauneuf-du-Pape is born. If you're in the market for a big, full-bodied iconic French red oozing luscious fruit which melds beautifully with floral notes, earthy spice notes and gorgeous, juicy tannins that bring you to a tremendous finish, then look no further. The Usseglio family has you covered with their flagship wine. The musculature of this CdP is one for hearty meals and dishes only; delicate fare will just be overpowered by the Cuvee Imperiale. Roast leg of lamb studded with garlic and rubbed with tapenade will do the trick nicely. A Provencal staple of cassoulet made with white beans, duck confit, garlic sausage and smoky, thick-cut bacon will make a believer out of anybody. And for a combo that's a little off the beaten path, try it with burnt ends barbecue for a heavenly melange of smoke and spice that you won't soon forget. Fill your glasses once more to accompany a pungent French Affifelice cheese. Talk about a big finish - you have no idea winelovers...
Jeb Dunnuck: "Readers looking for the next superstar estate in Châteauneuf du Pape and Côtes du Rhône need to get on Raymond Usseglio’s bandwagon ASAP as the quality here is equal to anything out there today. I still remember writing in 2016 how the quality was on the uptick, and there’s no better example than these latest 2018s and 2019s. The 2018s show the prettier, more elegant style of the vintage, yet bring ample depth and concentration. The 2019s are a step up and offer another level of depth and concentration. Both vintages show incredible purity of fruit and balance.
Coming all from very old vine Grenache and brought up in tank, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Imperiale offers a smoking bouquet of vivid black raspberry and cassis intermixed with lots of flowery incense, licorice, and spring flowers. Reminding me of a Grand Cru Red Burgundy on the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a vibrant, tight, focused texture, polished tannins, and beautifully integrated acidity. It’s one classy Châteauneuf du Pape that will evolve for two decades. Maturity: 2020-2030." Oct 2020
James Suckling: "Deep, spicy and fragrant, this is a very concentrated and elegant Chateauneuf-du-Pape with remarkably fine tannins and floral delicacy alongside its earthy primacy. Mainly produced from grenache vines planted in 1901 and 1902. From Demeter-certified biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold."
Winery: "La Cuvée Imperiale is from our oldest vines, most of them 100 years old (planted in 1901-1902). Extremely low yields (16-18 h/h) guarantee a wine that is dense and profound. The ancient Grenache vines bring to this cuvee their finesse and elegance. Will age for dozens of years. Decant if you wish to try earlier. Because it is bottled without any filtration, some sediment – natural and beneficial to the aging process – is possible."
|Varietal||90% Grenache, 10% other varietals|
|Aging||100% concrete tanks|
|Brand||Domaine Raymond Usseglio|
|Grapes||90% Grenache, 10% other varietals|
|Food Pairing||Mild & Soft Cheese|