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2006 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £24.50
Cases (12 bottles) @ £294.00
Cases IN BOND(12 bottles) @ £216.00
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Tasting Notes:
One of the most impressive young wines I have ever tasted, Stéphane showed this to me alongside his superb 2005. It is even better! The depth and purity of fruit is incredible. The wine is very concentrated with a nose that draws you in for more. Tasted alongside the very good 2005, the 2006 shone out. Probably the best standard wine produced at this estate – and one of the very best wines of the vintage.
Drinking Dates:
2012 to 2021
Cépagement:
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 2% Counoise, 2% Cinsault (60-year-old vines)
Upbringing:
3 week fermentation in cement vats where it remains for another 10 weeks for malolactic fermentation before being transferred to oak casks for 12 months. Bottled unfiltered
ABV:
14%
Critic Reviews:
"Peppery, spicy garrigue notes with plenty of sweet cherry, fig and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, savory and hedonistic" 92/100 (Wine Advocate)

"Blackish crimson. Meaty molasses notes from what is obviously a very concentrated cocktail. One of the spiciest, most arresting noses among these 2006 regular bottlings. Big boned with a hint of yeast extract/Marmite. Serious, lots of effort in here. Still some drying tannins on the finish. Very serious wine." 18/20 (Jancis Robinson MW)

"Juicy and direct, with a solid beam of raspberry ganache and fig fruit backed by hints of shiso leaf, spice and mineral on the long, slightly taut finish." 90/100 (Wine Spectator)

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