2005 Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf du Pape

SKU #1030400 92 points Wine Spectator

 Taut and reserved for now, with red plum and red currant notes held back by sinewy tannins and a racy minerality. Has solid length, and the flesh should fill out with cellaring. Best from 2008 through 2022.  (10/2007)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Strikingly fresh aromas of vibrant strawberry and cherry, gaining depth and ripeness with air. The darker fruits continue onto the palate, which is brightened by a spicy blood orange quality. Finishes with excellent snap and drive, especially for a 'basic' bottling. This has gained richness since last year but not at the expense of vivacity.  (2/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even though the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition needs 3-4 years of bottle age, this wine (aged 80% in foudres and 20% in tank and made from a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah Mourvedre, and Cinsault) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color and a big, sweet nose of tree bark, blackberry, raspberry, and cherry with licorice, damp earth, and a hint of Provencal herbs. The wine is long, full-bodied, but still tannic and closed. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.  (10/2007)

K&L Notes

"This estate has been on an outrageous run of successful vintages ever since 1998," adds Robert Parker, "no small thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the two brothers, Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio. For them 2005 is a very structured, concentrated, powerful vintage that will require significant cellaring." (10/2007)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape