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Domaine Raymond Usseglio, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

"Of the three Usseglios, Raymond produces the richest and fullest wines... a juicy, plump, chewy style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that can drink well for a decade." (Robert M. Parker, Wines of the Rhône Valley, Dorling Kindersley) 

Raymond Usseglio's father, Francis, came from Piemonte in Northern Italy in 1931 and in 1948, after several years working for other growers, acquired 8 hectares which eventually passed to his eldest son, Pierre. Raymond had to build his own estate which he began in 1964. There are now 16 ha in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a further 5ha in the Côtes du Rhône appellation spread over more than 30 parcels. More...


  2014 Côtes du Rhône 'Les Claux'
Elegant and stylish white, a refreshing alternative to Loire and Burgundy whites! WA: 90/100 more details...
£13.20 (Bottle)
£52.50 (6 btls in bond)
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  2013 Côtes du Rhône 'Les Claux'
Mini-Chateauneuf from just outside the appellation from one of the region's most consistent winemakers. more details...
£13.20 (Bottle)
£52.50 (6 btls in bond)
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  2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Full, powerful and rich red Châteauneuf-du-Pape. WA: 90/100 more details...
£22.50 (Bottle)
£198.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Forward, accessible Chateauneuf from an outstanding producer. WA: 91/100 more details...
£23.00 (Bottle)
£204.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Fruit forward vintage of Usseglio's biggest production. A joy already. 92/100 (Wine Advocate) more details...
£23.50 (Bottle)
£210.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2004 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape, elegant, refined with massive ripe fruits. WA: 92/100; WS: 92/100 more details...
£23.50 (Bottle)
£210.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Simply superb. WA: 92/100; JR: 18/20; WS: 90/100 more details...
£24.50 (Bottle)
£216.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape for laying down to 2010+. WA: 93/100; WS: 93/100 more details...
£25.00 (Bottle)
£222.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
More than ever, this wine has all the purity of the vintage coupled with all the intensity of the appellation. WA: 93/100; WS: 92/100 more details...
£25.00 (Bottle)
£222.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 
Concentrated yet refined Châteauneuf-du-Pape for cellaring. WA: 92/100 more details...
£25.00 (Bottle)
£222.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
Massive potential: sweet, rich Grenache from 100+ year-old vines. WA: 94/100 more details...
£37.50 (Bottle)
£348.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
Incredibly complex, big wine. Almost pure old-vine Grenache - the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. WA: 92/100; WS: 91/100 more details...
£37.50 (Bottle)
£348.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Part des Anges'
Another exquisite, black-fruited masterpiece. 93/100 (Wine Advocate) more details...
£39.00 (Bottle)
£366.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Part des Anges'
Concentrated, black fruited Mourvedre. Stunningly gorgeous. WA: 94+/100 more details...
£39.60 (Bottle)
£186.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Part des Anges'
Rich and intense, black-fruited Mourvèdre-based wine. WA: 95/100 more details...
£39.60 (Bottle)
£183.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
Fairly forward vintage for this remarkable wine. WA: 93/100 more details...
£40.00 (Bottle)
£366.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Part des Anges
Full-on, intensely Mourvedre-based wine with excellent tannic structure. A massive wine with superb ageworthiness WA: 93+/100 more details...
£42.00 (Bottle)
£198.00 (6 btls in bond)
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  2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Part des Anges'
Superb Mourvèdre-based Chateauneuf. WA: 95/100 more details...
£45.00 (Bottle)
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  2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
The essence of old-vine Grenache in this superb, hedonistic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. WA: 95/100 more details...
£45.00 (Bottle)
£420.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
'One of the stars of the vintage' 95+/100 (Wine Advocate) more details...
£56.50 (Bottle)
£540.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  - Estate Selection (Mixed Case of 12)  
Estate Selection - a mixed case of 12 bottles from Chateauneuf producer Raymond Usseglio. more details...
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Raymond's son, Stéphane, produces rich, full, ageworthy Châteauneuf from vines over 50 years old. They tend to be jammy and juicy with a good amount of fat to cuddle up to yet more elegant than the wines from Raymond's brother Pierre Usseglio, for example.

In addition to the excellent red Châteauneuf, the family also produces a limited production "Cuvée Impériale" from vines planted in 1901-1902 at La Crau, one of the most renowned lieu dits in the appellation, particularly highly regarded for Grenache. There is also a small quantity of improving white wine which is an ideal match for seafood and a delicious old vine Roussanne. From 2007 Stef is also making (in good years) a superb Mourvedre dominated wine, not for the faint-hearted, called "La Part des Anges".

The 1998 from this estate sold out very quickly after an excellent Parker rating and then winning "Coup de Coeur" in the 2001 Guide Hachette. Subsequent vintages have been very much in the same style, perhaps better. The Usseglio's 2002 was the only wines we tasted (and we tasted a lot) from that vintage that merited buying. 2003 - the heatwave year - produced big wines but, nonetheless, Stéf managed to keep the wines well-balanced and even the intense old-vine "Impériale" was not overblown or too concentrated, unlike some of the prestige wines produced elsewhere in the village. Elegance combined with concentration is, in our, view, a remarkable achievement and the mark of a truly fine wine.

More recently, a hugely successful run of vintages ran from 2004 to 2007 with some astonishingly good wines made at this estate. Even the rain-soaked 2008 is worth checking out (the one recent vintage we do not have any stocks of) and 2009 was back on track: in our view, up there with the incredible 2007. 2010 is another superlative year, perhaps the best yet and 2011 is a good medium-term wine. You have been warned!

Note: these are the same wines as those Parker refers to as "Cuvée Girard Non Filtré" which is simply a different label requested by the American importer.

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