CDP Part des Anges 2010

Usseglio, Raymond

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The 2010 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges is a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and 10% Syrah that was aged 18 months in small barrels. Full throttle and pedal to the metal, it oozes black and blue fruits, graphite, licorice, crushed flowers, saddle leather, and hints of chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned, and dare I say, even elegant, it has palate staining levels of fruit, brilliantly polished tannin, and blockbuster length. Given the overall size and slight modern profile, it will not be for everyone; nevertheless, it is a stunning Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will have 20-25 years of evolution.

Score: 95

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 30 September 2017

A whole different beast, the 2010 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges is a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and 10% Syrah that was aged 18 months in small barrels. Full throttle and pedal to the metal, it oozes black and blue fruits, graphite, licorice, crushed flowers, saddle leather, and hints of chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned, and dare I say, even elegant, it has palate staining levels of fruit, brilliantly polished tannin, and blockbuster length. Given the overall size and slight modern profile, it will not be for everyone; nevertheless, it is a stunning Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will have 20-25 years of evolution.

Score: 95

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 30 August 2012

The massive 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Parte des Anges reveals huge extraction, abundant new oak, and an intense, full style. While there is a tendency to call this modern-styled, the 70% Mourvedre component puts it in a different category than a traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Wines such as the Perrins’ Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Manfred Krankl’s and Philippe Cambie’s Chimere, and a few other offerings dominated by Mourvedre come to mind when tasting this cuvee. This 2010 needs to be forgotten for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 25-30 years. (92+ Points)

Score: 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2017-2047 01 October 2012

The only wine that struck me as somewhat atypical is the Chateauneuf du Pape La Parte des Anges, a blend of 70% barrel-aged Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah. It comes across more like a young Bordeaux than a young Chateauneuf du Pape. Impressively endowed in both 2009 and 2010 with lots of blue and black fruits, toasty oak, graphite, licorice and some of the blue fruit spectrum of Mourvedre. The 2009's tannins may be troublesome if they don’t completely resolve themselves. Everything is there in the 2010, even though it is atypical for the appellation. However, I don’t think the tannins will ever become an issue if consumers are willing to wait the requisite 8-10 years both of these wines need. This is a connoisseur’s effort from Chateauneuf du Pape. To reiterate, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Parte des Anges (70% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah) has sweeter tannin than the 2009, and may age longer, but both vintages require a decade of cellaring. They are serious, massive, concentrated wines meant for long-term cellaring. (91-93+ Points)

Score: 91 - 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2021+ 01 October 2011