2010 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvee Imperiale (Vigne Centenaires)" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1109456 96-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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.  (10/ 2011)

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Price: $129.99

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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