2006 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • IWC 94
  • WS 91

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2008
One of the strong efforts and a potential wine of the vintage is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale. An extraordinarily superb expression of kirsch liqueur intermixed with sandy resiny notes as well as hints of... One of the strong efforts and a potential wine of the vintage is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale. An extraordinarily superb expression of kirsch liqueur intermixed with sandy resiny notes as well as hints of seaweed garrigue and pepper this wine is deep full-bodied fabulously concentrated with silky tannins and decent acidity. It's a beauty and clearly a great example of old-vine Grenache made in unmanipulated uncompromising fashion. Drink it over the next 15+ years.This staunch traditionalist who ages everything in old barrels for 16 to 18 months has turned out absolutely sensational 2007s and his 2006s are certainly among the strongest wines of the vintage.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2008
Ruby-red. Exotic bouquet suggests cherry-cola vanilla and fresh flowers. Deep and luscious but with admirable restraint and mineral snap to its powerful cherry and red berry liqueur flavors. Finishes sweet broad and long... Ruby-red. Exotic bouquet suggests cherry-cola vanilla and fresh flowers. Deep and luscious but with admirable restraint and mineral snap to its powerful cherry and red berry liqueur flavors. Finishes sweet broad and long. Very nicely balanced for such a rich wine.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2008
Very round and inviting with dark plum and braised fig notes backed by dark licorice pastille anise and violet notes. The long fleshy finish picks up a lingering pastille hint. Drink now through 2023. -JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2006

Label

Imperiale is sourced from the estate’s oldest vineyards, majority of which are planted in 1901 and 1902. Yields are extremely low, ensuring a dense and deep wine. The old Grenache vines contribute finesse and elegance so this wine can age for decades.

Winery

Domaine Raymond Usseglio

The Raymond Usseglio domaine is one of the top-producing estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. The estate was originally created by Francis Usseglio who moved to the Rhone from Italy in 1931 and started producing his own wine in 1948. He was succeeded in 1963 by his son Raymond Usseglio who enlarged the area, now bearing his own name, with the help of his mother Danielle.

In 1999, Raymond’s son Stephane took over the domaine and is in now in charge of its operations, cultivating 60 acres, 40 of which are in Chateauneuf du Pape, 12 in Cotes du Rhone, and 7 classified as IGP. The estate practices sustainable and biodynamic farming techniques.