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2005 Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £25.00
Cases (12 bottles) @ £300.00
Cases IN BOND(12 bottles) @ £222.00
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Tasting Notes:
A new blend of a classic wine from this producer who has not made a bad wine since we began working with him in the 1998 vintage. Everything a Châteauneuf-du-Pape should be: rich and ripe, sweet fruit and great balance. Tasted again at the domaine in summer 2007, the wine had settled well into the bottle which offered a rich, classic Châteauneuf in the grand style of the leading estates. A superb wine.
Drinking Dates:
2010 to 2022
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 2% Counoise, 2% Cinsault (60-year-old vines)
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
Critic Reviews:
"A deep, structured, muscular Châteauneuf-du-Pape" 93/100 (Wine Advocate)

'Dark, quite concentrated crimson. Rich and round with lots of punch and guts. Very refreshing and gorgeous. Jewel-like, lively, precise fruit and great richness. Some energy on the palate too.' 17.5/20 (Jancis Robinson MW)

"Rock solid, with a great core of raspberry, blackberry and loganberry fruit, all supported by licorice, Turkish coffee, fruitcake and a hint of mesquite. The long finish pumps out a nice tarry intensity. Better poise on this than the chewier Cuvée Impériale." 93/100 (Wine Spectator)

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