Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)
In 1948 Francis Usseglio, an Italian labourer, came to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work in the vineyards and his passion for wine 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 appellations leaders. 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.
On the nose, pronounced red and black fruit, and spice. On the palate, concentrated dark fruit, cured meat, spice; its bold and structured with a long, pleasant finish. Pair with your choice of roasted meat, duck, or a hearty, game stew.
Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 1% Cinsault, and 1% Counoise, the grapes come 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.