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2016 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £42.00
Cases (6 bottles) @ £252.00
Cases IN BOND(6 bottles) @ £186.00
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Tasting Notes:
Wow! What a very good wine this is. An intensely perfumed nose of black fruits, orange peel and all sorts of other alluring things, the palate is smooth and elegant with tannins that coat the wine beautifully and, as with so many other top flight 2016s, wonderful acidity that makes putting the glass down difficult.

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Drinking Dates:
2022 to 2040
Cépagement:
95% Grenache (100+ years old) and others from La Crau.
Upbringing:
ORGANIC. Yields are extremely low (16-18hl/ha) unfiltered wine excuse a potential natural and beneficial deposit aging wine.
ABV:
15%
Critic Reviews:
'(vat) full red robe. The bouquet lies in wait thanks to the pedigree and natural thickness of the black fruits from the old Grenache vines, has an established oiliness from them, and shows cool sides outside them. Prune, a touch of leather feature. The palate is rich and rolling with a gentle wave of spherical content and luxurious, natural tannins that lead into a black olives, lightly salted finish. This is unhurried wine, with great ageing potential, and, mercifully, no headiness. The layers of fruit and content are impressive. From 2022, so there can be an extra level of variety and stimulation. I can wish for no more from this great Châteauneuf. 15°. 2039-42 Oct 2017' 6 stars (John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com)

'The flagship is the Grenache-dominated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Imperiale, which comes from vines planted in 1902 and was destemmed and aged in concrete tanks. Awesome notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, violets, and graphite all emerge from this tight, full-bodied, concentrated and backward Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Possessing incredible purity of fruit, a concentrated yet fresh, structured profile, and a huge finish, it just needs time to shine. While the domaine of Raymond Usseglio has sat in the shadow of Domaine Pierre Usseglio in the past, that is changing under the helm of the young Stéphane Usseglio and the estate is making singular, world-class wines today. They have a new state of the art cellar located on the northern edge of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and pull from around 45 acres of vines, mostly in the center and northern part of the appellation. From this, they produce a number of cuvées, yet the core is the traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape, based on 80-90% Grenache and the balance Mourvèdre, the La Parte des Anges, based primarily on Mourvèdre, and the Cuvée Imperiale, based on tank-aged old vine Grenache. They have a Cuvée Girard which is basically a tweaked version of the traditional cuvée and have introduced a new Les Apotres cuvée, an amphora-raised blend of all the permitted varieties. Bottom line, the estate is making beautiful wines.' 97/100 (Jeb Dunnock)

'Almost entirely Grenache, from parcels planted in 1901 and 1902, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale is a stunner. Scents of roses, black tea and raspberries set the scene, while the palate is full-bodied but silky and nearly weightless, delivering an intricate, detailed interplay of red fruit, dried spices and orange zest. Despite what must be 15% alcohol or more, it shows absolutely no sign of heat.' 95/100 (Wine Advocate)

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