2018 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
2018 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale
  • WA 97
  • JD 94
  • VN 93

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ETA: Mar. 2022

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020
Most of the vInes for the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale were planted in 1902, mainly Grenache, with a few other scattered plants of other varieties. Full-bodied and concentrated, it boasts massive flavors of...   Most of the vInes for the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale were planted in 1902, mainly Grenache, with a few other scattered plants of other varieties. Full-bodied and concentrated, it boasts massive flavors of raspberries and cherries, with just enough herbal intricacies woven into the fabric of the wine to impart a sense of lightness and freshness—it positively tingles on the long, long finish. Produced from biodynamically grown fruit at yields just half the maximum permitted by the appellation (16–18 hectoliters per hectare, versus 35), it's a tremendous effort. - JC  
JD 94
jebdunnuck.com, October 2020
A forward, charming example of this cuvee, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Imperiale is almost all old-vine Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks. It offers a ruby/purple hue as well as a beautiful perfume of...   A forward, charming example of this cuvee, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Imperiale is almost all old-vine Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks. It offers a ruby/purple hue as well as a beautiful perfume of raspberries, candied violets, peppery spices, and flowery incense. With medium to full-bodied richness, an elegant texture, the more moderate concentration and depth of the vintage, and outstanding length, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 10-12 years.  
VN 93
Vinous, October 2021
Deep, shimmering ruby. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry pie, lavender and exotic spice qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated red and blue fruit, spicecake and...   Deep, shimmering ruby. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry pie, lavender and exotic spice qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up steadily through the back half. Finishes with slow-building tannins, a repeating red fruit note and emphatic, mineral-driven persistence. -- Josh Raynolds  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2018
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.