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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...



£12.00 (Bottle)
£45.00 (6 btls in bond)

2016 Raymond Usseglio Côtes du Rhône 'Argiles'
Medium-bodied with a lovely light touch.
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£13.20 (Bottle)
£52.50 (6 btls in bond)

2013 Raymond Usseglio Côtes du Rhône 'Les Claux'
ORGANIC. Mini-Chateauneuf.
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£13.50 (Bottle)
£51.00 (6 btls in bond)

2016 Raymond Usseglio Côtes du Rhône 'Les Claux'
ORGANIC. Exceptional CdR.
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£22.00 (Bottle)

2004 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape, elegant, refined. WA: 92/100; WS: 92/100
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£26.00 (Bottle)
£228.00 (12 btls in bond)

2005 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. WA: 93/100; WS: 93/100
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£26.00 (Bottle)
£228.00 (12 btls in bond)

2006 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Simply superb Chateauneuf. WA: 92/100; JR: 18/20; WS: 90/100
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£26.00 (Bottle)
£228.00 (12 btls in bond)

2009 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Full, powerful and rich red Châteauneuf. WA: 90/100
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£26.00 (Bottle)
£228.00 (12 btls in bond)

2012 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Fruit forward vintage of Usseglio's biggest production. A joy already. 92/100 (Wine Advocate)
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£26.00 (Bottle)
£228.00 (12 btls in bond)

2011 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Forward, accessible Chateauneuf. WA: 91/100
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£27.00 (Bottle)
£120.00 (6 btls in bond)

2015 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape -
Already delicious and ready to go Chateauneuf. JR: 17.5/20
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£27.00 (Bottle)
£240.00 (12 btls in bond)

2016 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Fresh and fruity, modern Chateauneuf. Vinous: 93/100
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£27.00 (Bottle)
£120.00 (6 btls in bond)

2015 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Ripe, fruity red with plenty of elegance. JD: 93/100
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£27.00 (Bottle)
£240.00 (12 btls in bond)

2007 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
All the purity of the 2007 vintage. WA: 93/100; WS: 92/100
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£27.00 (Bottle)
£240.00 (12 btls in bond)

2010 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Concentrated yet refined Châteauneuf-du-Pape. WA: 92/100
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£33.00 (Bottle)

2001 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
Incredibly complex. Almost pure old-vine Grenache. WA: 92/100; WS: 91/100
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£37.50 (Bottle)

2006 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
Sweet, rich Grenache from 100+ year-old vines. WA: 94/100
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£37.50 (Bottle)
£348.00 (12 btls in bond)

2009 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale'
The essence of old-vine Grenache. WA: 95/100
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£37.50 (Bottle)
£348.00 (12 btls in bond)

2012 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
'One of the stars of the vintage' WA: 95+/100; JR: 18.5/20
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£37.50 (Bottle)
£348.00 (12 btls in bond)

2011 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
Fairly forward vintage for this remarkable wine. WA: 93/100
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£42.00 (Bottle)
£195.00 (6 btls in bond)

2015 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Part des Anges'
ORGANIC. Powerful Mourvedre. Not for the feint-hearted! WA: 94/100
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£42.00 (Bottle)
£186.00 (6 btls in bond)

2016 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
ORGANIC. From a great Grenache vintage. JLL: 6/5 stars
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£42.00 (Bottle)
£195.00 (6 btls in bond)

2015 Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Impériale' Vignes Centenaire
ORGANIC. One off the world's great Grenache wines JD: 98/100
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£42.00 (Bottle)
£195.00 (6 btls in bond)

2012 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Part des Anges'
Another exquisite, black-fruited masterpiece. WA: 93/100
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£42.00 (Bottle)
£195.00 (6 btls in bond)

2011 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Part des Anges'
Rich and intense, black-fruited Mourvèdre-based wine. WA: 95/100
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£48.00 (Bottle)

2007 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'La Part des Anges'
Superb Mourvèdre-based Chateauneuf. WA: 95/100
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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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