CDP Cuvee Imperiale 2010

Usseglio, Raymond

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Tasting Notes

A thrillingly complete wine, the 2010 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Imperiale is a field blend of roughly 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault that comes from vines planted in 1902. Aged all in concrete tank, it offers up a spectacular bouquet of blackberry liqueur, graphite, licorice, lavender, and pepper that flows to a full-bodied, rich, yet elegantly styled palate. This is not over the top in any way and possesses a layered, silky texture, fabulous concentration, juicy acidity, and finely polished tannin that frames the finish. It should be given 4-6 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following two decades.

Score: 97

Jeb Dunnuck, 30 September 2012

The profound 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale-Vigne Centenaires (made from the same blend as the 2009) is stunning. Dense purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of blackberries, black cherry liqueur, licorice and lavender, it exhibits fabulous fruit intensity, a multidimensional, full-bodied texture, sweet tannin, good acidity and a 60+ second finish. Given the acid profile of the 2010s as well as this wine’s abundant tannin, it will need 6-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30+ years.

Score: 96 - 100

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2017-2047+ 01 October 2011