2012 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • VN 94
  • JL 93

Reg: $69.94

$54.94

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Reg: $69.94

$54.94

This product is
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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
My favorite of the lineup, and one of the top Châteauneufs in the vintage, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Imperiale is 95% Grenache (5% other varieties) that comes from 100-year-old vines and the pure sand soils of the... expand My favorite of the lineup, and one of the top Châteauneufs in the vintage, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Imperiale is 95% Grenache (5% other varieties) that comes from 100-year-old vines and the pure sand soils of the Piallon (near Rayas) and Girardette (near Charbonnière) lieux-dits. It offers awesome black and blue fruits, violets, licorice and crushed rock-like minerality in its full-bodied, balanced, pure and elegant profile. Impressively concentrated, inky colored and with sweet tannin, it’s capable of evolving for 12-15 years or more. - Jeb Dunnuck collapse
WS 94
Wine Spectator, November 2015
Very fleshy in feel, with loads of velvety tannins carrying gorgeous notes of warmed fig, steeped boysenberry and lightly mulled raspberry fruit. The finish is riveted together by roasted alder and leather hints, giving... expand Very fleshy in feel, with loads of velvety tannins carrying gorgeous notes of warmed fig, steeped boysenberry and lightly mulled raspberry fruit. The finish is riveted together by roasted alder and leather hints, giving this extra grip and range. Best from 2017 through 2027. 100 cases imported. –JM collapse
VN 94
Vinous, April 2015
Opaque ruby. Potent smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, cola, incense and candied lavender, with a hint of star anise emerging slowly. Suave, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry... expand Opaque ruby. Potent smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, cola, incense and candied lavender, with a hint of star anise emerging slowly. Suave, deeply pitched black raspberry and blueberry flavors show excellent concentration and clarity, with notes of spicecake and succulent appearing on the back half. Deftly blends power and vivacity and finishes with harmonious tannins and outstanding length. - Josh Raynolds collapse
JL 93
TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2014
Peppery, dark red berries, kirsch and ripe, black and blue fruits on the palate deliver their luscious goods. The wine was produced from 90% Grenache and assorted other allowable grape varietals. Read more... expand Peppery, dark red berries, kirsch and ripe, black and blue fruits on the palate deliver their luscious goods. The wine was produced from 90% Grenache and assorted other allowable grape varietals. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-tasting-note/?vintage=2012&wine=Domaine%20Raymond%20Usseglio%20%26%20Fils%20Chateauneuf-du-Pape%20Cuvee%20Imperiale collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

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.