2017 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)
"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...Bottom line, the estate is making beautiful wines." - JD
The base of the Cuvée Imperiale is tank-aged old vine Grenache (110+ years, 80-90% Grenache and the balance Mourvèdre). The Cuvee Girard is about 85% Grenache with Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault filling out the blend - 80 year old vines. All their vines are biodynamically farmed.
"The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale (from vines planted in 1902) is firm and structured to age magnificently. Roses, black tea and red raspberries all appear on the nose and palate, framed by fine-grained tannins. I suspect it will close down shortly, but there is terrific material here, and the wine will drink well for two decades. Drink: 2022-2035. 96 points" - Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate, Sept 2019)