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2010 Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale

ITEM 8229735 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$120
Item Sold Amount Date
I8248160 1 $115 May 29, 2022
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RATINGS

99Robert M. Parker Jr.

A candidate for perfection... the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio, even eclipsing their remarkable 2007.

94Vinous / IWC

Lush and seamless on the palate, offering palate-staining blackberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors. Silky tannins build on the endless finish...

93Wine Spectator

Dark and ripe, with very friendly raspberry ganache, blackberry coulis and melted licorice notes that carry through the broad, fleshy finish. Densely layered and not shy with its fruit-driven profile...

17Jancis Robinson

Very dark. Smooth and sinewy and quite polished. A very distinct style, halfway up the Rhône Valley towards Hermitage. Cool finish.

PRODUCER

Raymond Usseglio

Domaine Raymond Usseglio is a 60-acre estate on Route de Courthezon. Raymond is the brother of Pierre Usseglio, whose own estate is nearby. The men are the grandsons of Francis Usseglio, an Italian who moved to Chateauneuf-du-Pape in 1931 and started a winery in 1948. Raymond started his own domaine in 1963 and today it is run by his son Stephane. Robert M. Parker noted some years ago that this domaine’s “traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits plenty of the garrigue, herbs de Provence character in its smoky, jammy, cherry flavors.”

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.