Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)
Domaine Usseglio is, first and foremost, the story of a family. In 1948 Francis Usseglio, an Italian labourer, came to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work in the vineyards. His passion for wine and motivation led him to take on a few hectares of vines on a sharecropping basis known as métayage. His son Raymond took over from him, continuing the tradition but adding a modern touch by converting the vineyards to biodynamic. Today, the 24-hectare Domaine Usseglio is run by Francis’ grandchildren, Jean-Pierre, Thierry and Stéphane and is one of the appellation’s leading lights. Its grape varieties are typical for Châteauneuf du Pape. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and harvesting is carried out manually. The resulting wines have plenty of character, combining power with a hint of rustic simplicity. Usseglio is considered one of the top producers in the appellation.
Pronounced red and black fruit, garrigue and spice. The palate is bold and structured with concentrated dark fruit, cured meat and spice on a long finish.
A blend of Grenache Noir (80%), Mourvedre (10%) Syrah (6%), Cinsault (1%) and Counoise (1%). Made from goblet trained biodynamically farmed grapes. The vines grow in soil made up of large rounded stones and sandy marl. Fermented in concrete tanks, and aged predominantly in concrete tank (90%) while the remaining wine rests in a combination of barrels of various sizes and ages.