This is a new estate for me. 2010 was a great vintage which helped just about everyone. This is ruby in color. The nose has cherries with spice. On the palate, this is nice. Mild tannins. Cherry fruit with underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is at peak and probably should be consumed in the next three to five years. it will work well with burgers and stews.
This is a reasonably priced base level Chateauneuf that is consistently a good value. In the better vintages such as 2015, it can be outstanding. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, garrique, char and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has bold cherry fruit, a bit of spice and slight char. It is drinking well now and will continue to over the next seven to ten years. It is a great match for casseroles or on its own.
What a great showing for this wine. Yes, it is still a bit young, but really one of the best showings from this house I have seen. Time to get a few more bottles. It is 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault. Purple in color, ruby at the core. The nose is great with black raspberries, baking spices, garrique and slight lavender. Full bodied. Luxurious texture. Rich and full bodied. Medium tannins. Lots of concentrated black raspberry fruit over a bed of char and gravel. Long finish. Delicious. One of those wine when each sip makes one want another. It drinks g
i don't often drink Chateauneuf's with this much age on them. This one has held up well. Deep ruby in color. The nose is earthy with black cherries, slight sandalwood, some dried cherries and a bit of chocolate. The fruit on the palate is still fresh and lively with some depth. Underlying earthiness. Good balance. Some but not a lot of depth or complexity. This won't get better and probably needs to be consumed sooner than later. It is food friendly and will work well with stews, roasts and chili.
A very impressive showing. This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. It took some time to open and then drank beautifully.
This is a producer who first got recognition for their fantastic Gigondas wines. They have since expanded their releases all over the southern and northern Rhone. Their Chateauneuf is also stellar. It is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, and 10% each of Syrah and Cinsault. Deep ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose is tight upon opening. With air, raspberries, black raspberries and mineral/gravel emerge. On the palate, this is delicious. Lots of black cherry fruit with some raspberries. Medium tannins. Bright acidity. This will work well with roasts and casseroles. I
2009 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Impériale, France, Rhone, Wine review
This was tasted from a magnum that had been opened for a couple of hours. Delicious and drinking great. 2009 has been an open and for the most part, accessible vintage since release, yet also an excellent vintage. Made from 90% Grenache. Deep ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose has raspberries, spice, dust and a bit of an interesting pine note. What a great texture it has. On the palate, there are raspberries over a charred wood with just a hint of the pine. It has some complexity as it unwinds in the glass. A long finish. This is not a brute wine and indeed, more elegant
A gorgeous showing for this wine. 100% Grenache. If served blind, I would have guessed Grand Cru Burgundy. It was lighter in color and more elegant than a 2001 Dujac Close de la Roche it was served next to (and just as good). A pale ruby/maroon in color, bright and clear. On the palate, this has cherries, slight raspberries, baking spices and twigs. On the palate, this has lovely cherry fruit over a bit of gravel and dry earthiness. Wonderful liveliness and energy. Long finish. A very complex wine. No hint of the hot vintage of 2003. This seems developed but also seems like it st
Every once in a while you open a bottle and its at peak. It is a great feeling. This was one of those times. Deep ruby in color. The nose is great with black cherries, minerals, slight floral notes and garrique. On the palate, this is layered and complex. At the same time it drinks fresh and with vibrancy. Plenty of black cherry fruit, some black licorice, and charred earth. Long finish. This is delicious on its own and will work great with casseroles and roasts. It should be here for three to five years and then slowly fade while still great for another ten or so.
The 20111 vintage was difficult in the Rhone. Nevertheless, Giraud still crafted a very nice wine. Purple in color. The nose is tight but with air shows cherries and raspberries with some spice. On the palate, this runs a bit sweet/ripe. Cherry candies. Low in acidity. Slight tannins. Moderate finish. This is easy drinking on its own but might work better with a some less sweet cookies or chocolate dessert. It seems to be nearing the end of its optimal drinking window so it probably should be consumed sooner. That said, it will still be drinking well for at least the next five y