Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition 2018 (Rhone Valley, France) "...cherry, spice, earth..."
Wine writer Jeb Dunnuck calls Domaine Raymond Usseglio the “next superstar estate in Châteauneuf du Pape”.
Domaine Raymond Usseglio owns 18 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. Three hectares of vines are used for grapes planted to produce Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. The remaining 15 hectares are devoted to growing red, Chateauneuf du Pape varietals.
The blend varies, but it is often close to 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah, 3% Counoise and 2% Cinsault. The vines are in a myriad of different terroirs with rocks, stones, clay, sand and limestone soil.
The vines are planted in l’Arnesque, Bois Senechaux, Cabrieres, Charbonnieres, Palestor, les Terres Blanches and the le Tresquoys, lieux-dits. The wine is aged in a combination of cement vats, foudres and a small amount French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. 3,500 cases are produced each year.
"Floral, fresh and forward, with a juicy, fresh, bright red fruit character on the nose and mouth. You can enjoy this on release for its open, juicy red cherry charm and medium-bodied, silky textures." - 92 Points, The Cellar Insider