Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Cuvée Impériale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2012

$43.95

My favorite of the lineup, and one of the top Chateauneufs in the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Imperiale is 95% Grenache (5% other varieties) that comes from 100-year-old vines... It offers awesome black and blue fruits, violets, licorice and crushed rock-like minerality in its full-bodied, balanced, pure and elegant profile. Impressively concentrated, inky colored and with sweet tannin, it's capable of evolving for 12-15 years or more. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

Alder Yarrow Delectable Pro

Wine Blogger Vinography

Sometimes you just want something dark and rich. Prunes, strawberry jam, leather and dried flowers. Pretty ripe stuff but did the trick.

Sometimes you just want something dark and rich. Prunes, strawberry jam, leather and dried flowers. Pretty ripe stuff but did the trick.

8.9

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Easy traditional Chateauneuf.

Easy traditional Chateauneuf.

9.0

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

violets, suede & cured meats waft from the glass before dark berries, kirsch, crushed minerals, pepper, dried herbs & sage coat the palate ~ will be fun pairing over the next decade

violets, suede & cured meats waft from the glass before dark berries, kirsch, crushed minerals, pepper, dried herbs & sage coat the palate ~ will be fun pairing over the next decade

9.5

Alder Yarrow Delectable Pro

Wine Blogger Vinography

Fabulous brightness of strawberry and cherry and wet stones. Crushed herbs and sage.

Fabulous brightness of strawberry and cherry and wet stones. Crushed herbs and sage.

9.4

Eli Barton

This was in very good shape, no age, still lots of body. Didn’t really blow me away, but it was solid.

This was in very good shape, no age, still lots of body. Didn’t really blow me away, but it was solid.

9.1

Jason Sliwa

This was better the second day. Robust and inky. Really great with our steak.

This was better the second day. Robust and inky. Really great with our steak.

9.4

Alexandre Pagliano

Usseglio is one of the finest Chateauneuf producers and this Cuvée Impériale has his 100+ years old vines. So think you can drink with a spoon. But its also really complex with all the spices ans flowers, garrigue and all. Outstanding. Needs several more years in the cellar. If you try before 2025 I suggest you decant 45 minutes before.

Usseglio is one of the finest Chateauneuf producers and this Cuvée Impériale has his 100+ years old vines. So think you can drink with a spoon. But its also really complex with all the spices ans flowers, garrigue and all. Outstanding. Needs several more years in the cellar. If you try before 2025 I suggest you decant 45 minutes before.

9.5

AJ Gubser

Nose of dark raspberries, licorice, beef fat, vanilla, menthol, and cinnamon. Palate is quite reminiscent of raspberry jam. There is also vanilla and wood spice. Tannins are quite smooth. This was the most dense and concentrated (and alcoholic) of the trio we tasted. A bit one dimensional now, but I'm curious where this style of CdP will go over time.

Nose of dark raspberries, licorice, beef fat, vanilla, menthol, and cinnamon. Palate is quite reminiscent of raspberry jam. There is also vanilla and wood spice. Tannins are quite smooth. This was the most dense and concentrated (and alcoholic) of the trio we tasted. A bit one dimensional now, but I'm curious where this style of CdP will go over time.

9.0

Jason Brater

More mature, smooth flavors with more layers. Much more subtle than the entry level usseglio. Really great w food.

More mature, smooth flavors with more layers. Much more subtle than the entry level usseglio. Really great w food.

9.2

Hao Feng

Way too young. Fruit is ripe but doesn't mesh well with the oak. Overall impression: red berries, smoke, tobacco, peppery, dry leaves, decent acidity, mid-high but not-so-smooth tannin (needs time to soften), full body with good finish. Definitely have potential to blossom

Way too young. Fruit is ripe but doesn't mesh well with the oak. Overall impression: red berries, smoke, tobacco, peppery, dry leaves, decent acidity, mid-high but not-so-smooth tannin (needs time to soften), full body with good finish. Definitely have potential to blossom

8.9

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