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Domaine Raymond Usseglio Cotes du Rhone "Les Claux" Blanc 2013

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"The talented Stephane Usseglio, who took over from his father, Francis, in 2004, continues to manage this estate's roughly 45 acres brilliantly. They produce two whites and up to four red Châteauneuf du Papes in any vintage. The whites include the classic Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, which is roughly a third each of Roussanne, Grenache and Clairette that’s aged 80% in stainless steel and 20% in barrels; as well as the Cuvée Pure Roussanne, which is, as the name suggests, all Roussanne and doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation. It’s aged, on lees, in new barrels. For the reds, they have two traditional cuvées, the traditional Châteauneuf du Pape and the Cuvée Giruad, which is a custom blend for importer Peter Weygandt. I find these more similar than not. They also have a Mourvedre-dominated cuvée called Part Des Anges, as well as a fabulous, old-vine Grenache effort called Cuvee Impreiale. I’ve also include reviews on their Côtes du Rhônes here, which all showed beautifully." - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Winery: "Stéphane Usseglio, son of Raymond, has taken over the domaine in the last few years, and he with his oenologist Xavier Vignon, are pushing to reach the potential of the family’s holdings, some of the best of Châteauneuf. Half his vines are situated near the road in the lieu-dit “La Crau” and the other half on the hill across the road from the actual ruins of the new castle of the Pope. He has the good fortune to have very old vines. The average age for his Châteauneuf vines is between 50 & 60 years old, and the cuvée Imperiale is 100-year old vines. We are now taking all of the Roussanne pur that he can vinify for us. The Cuvée Girard is bottled exclusively for Peter Weygandt and is 80% Grenache with Mourvèdre and Cinsault filling out the blend. Considered one of the top producers in the appellation, Usseglio puts out consistently stellar wine every vintage." - Importer

Region: France » Rhône

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"The talented Stephane Usseglio, who took over from his father, Francis, in 2004, continues to manage this estate's roughly 45 acres brilliantly. They produce two whites and up to four red Châteauneuf du Papes in any vintage. The whites include the classic Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, which is roughly a third each of Roussanne, Grenache and Clairette that’s aged 80% in stainless steel and 20% in barrels; as well as the Cuvée Pure Roussanne, which is, as the name suggests, all Roussanne and doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation. It’s aged, on lees, in new barrels. For the reds, they have two traditional cuvées, the traditional Châteauneuf du Pape and the Cuvée Giruad, which is a custom blend for importer Peter Weygandt. I find these more similar than not. They also have a Mourvedre-dominated cuvée called Part Des Anges, as well as a fabulous, old-vine Grenache effort called Cuvee Impreiale. I’ve also include reviews on their Côtes du Rhônes here, which all showed beautifully." - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Winery: "Stéphane Usseglio, son of Raymond, has taken over the domaine in the last few years, and he with his oenologist Xavier Vignon, are pushing to reach the potential of the family’s holdings, some of the best of Châteauneuf. Half his vines are situated near the road in the lieu-dit “La Crau” and the other half on the hill across the road from the actual ruins of the new castle of the Pope. He has the good fortune to have very old vines. The average age for his Châteauneuf vines is between 50 & 60 years old, and the cuvée Imperiale is 100-year old vines. We are now taking all of the Roussanne pur that he can vinify for us. The Cuvée Girard is bottled exclusively for Peter Weygandt and is 80% Grenache with Mourvèdre and Cinsault filling out the blend. Considered one of the top producers in the appellation, Usseglio puts out consistently stellar wine every vintage." - Importer

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