Domaine Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Girard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
- Rich, full-bodied
What do you get when you pair old vines with meticulous, certified biodynamic viticulture and young gun winemaker Stéphane Usseglio? Magic, that’s what! This grenache dominant (90%) Chateauneuf-du-Pape has everything you could want from the famous wine - layers of brooding dark fruit, herbaceous complexity and tannin that is going to help in ageing for a decade or more. We have sold various cuvèes from Domaine Raymond Usseglio in the past and can tell you that they will not stick around long. So, if Chateauneuf-du-Pape is your jam, and you have a bit of room in your cellar - press that button!
“The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Girard is like the traditional cuvée, yet has more tannin. Cassis, licorice, blackberry jam and garrigue aromas give way to full-bodied, concentrated, tannic 2016 that has tons of fruit and mid-palate depth. The cellar is going to be your friend.”
Full price $120.00 from the producer.
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- 90% Grenache 10% other
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My sister Nicci calls these "puddingstone wines", because the vines are literally grown on soils lightly covering giant boulders roughly translated as "pudding stones". Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a rich history, and the reds (usually grenache-predominant) can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, including some cheeky whites to round out the mix. The resultant wines are complex, brooding but usually not giant, and delicious. Especially if you call them puddingstone wines.