2008 Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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90 points Robert Parker: "One of the finest 2008 Chateauneuf du Papes money can buy is Pierre Usseglio’s offering (the only 2008 they made). Composed of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it possesses a dark ruby/purple color, surprisingly intense fruit, lots of garrigue, pepper and spice box, a medium to full-bodied texture and a heady finish. Performing better out of bottle than it did last year in the cellars, it should be consumed during its first 5-6 years of life. Restaurants take note!" 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. High-pitched spicy aromas of raspberry and cherry are complemented by smoky garrigue and dried rose. Round, spicy red fruit flavors display a seamless texture and a refreshing, mineral-driven character. Finishes with very good spicy cut and lingering red fruits. This will be drinkable on release." (Jan/Feb 2010) K&L's notes - It is so worth noting that Usseglio decided not to make the Mon Aieul or Deux Freres in 2008 so both these vineyards ended up in the tradition.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape