2010 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • IWC 94
  • WS 93

Reg: $134.94

$109.94

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Reg: $134.94

$109.94

This product is
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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2012
(Vigne Centenaires)A candidate for perfection the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale Vignes Centenaire is clearly the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio even eclipsing their remarkable 2007... (Vigne Centenaires)A candidate for perfection the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale Vignes Centenaire is clearly the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Raymond Usseglio even eclipsing their remarkable 2007. Don't be surprised if it merits a three-digit score in five or six years. Somewhat closed but bursting with potential the wine is inky/purple to the rim and boasts abundant amounts of concentrated jammy blackberry kirsch licorice lavender forest floor white chocolate and a hint of truffles in its magnificent perfume. Some tannins appear in the mouth but there is no doubting the luxurious concentration multidimensional mouthfeel full-bodied texture enormous extract and richness and nearly endless finish. This monumental Chateauneuf du Pape needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and consumed over the following 2-3 decades.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, February 2013
Glass-staining purple. Heady scents of spice- and floral-accented dark berries, cherry-vanilla, anise and incense, along with a smoky topnote. Lush and seamless on the palate, offering palate-staining blackberry... Glass-staining purple. Heady scents of spice- and floral-accented dark berries, cherry-vanilla, anise and incense, along with a smoky topnote. Lush and seamless on the palate, offering palate-staining blackberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors. Silky tannins build on the endless finish, which leaves behind notes of blue fruit preserves, licorice and smoky Indian spices. Velvety tannins come on late but are quickly absorbed by this wine's lush, deeply concentrated fruit.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Dark and ripe, with very friendly raspberry ganache, blackberry coulis and melted licorice notes that carry through the broad, fleshy finish. Densely layered and not shy with its fruit-driven profile, but there's more... Dark and ripe, with very friendly raspberry ganache, blackberry coulis and melted licorice notes that carry through the broad, fleshy finish. Densely layered and not shy with its fruit-driven profile, but there's more than enough graphite-edged grip to keep this honest. Should mellow nicely in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025. – JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2010

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.