Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Cuvée Impériale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

$59.95

Violets, spring flowers, cassis, plums, and incense notes all define the stunningly good 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Imperiale. Made from 100% Grenache from very old vines, it's full-bodied and powerful, yet also graceful, balanced and pure, with terrific freshness and purity. My money is on this flirting with perfection once bottled. Jeb Dunnuck

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Ratings on Delectable

Jay Kline Delectable Pro

Deep, dark purple. Plenty of brambles and spice...but really, there’s nothing here that gets me excited. This is a good wine and it’s quite quaffable actually, but not particularly remarkable to me. A bit of a reminder as to why I only focus on a handful of producers in CdP anymore.

Deep, dark purple. Plenty of brambles and spice...but really, there’s nothing here that gets me excited. This is a good wine and it’s quite quaffable actually, but not particularly remarkable to me. A bit of a reminder as to why I only focus on a handful of producers in CdP anymore.

8.9

Scott Soren

Second go around. Still took 35-45 minutes of decanting for the nose and wine to develop. But then, it was on. Red and black fruit with a little olive tapenade. This is so good

Second go around. Still took 35-45 minutes of decanting for the nose and wine to develop. But then, it was on. Red and black fruit with a little olive tapenade. This is so good

9.4

Charles Mires

Outstanding. Great fruit and balance

Outstanding. Great fruit and balance

9.5

Scott Soren

I think I’m under rating this, but time will be its friend. I knew going in this was too young, but as I’ve never had it before, why not. Popping the cork, and putting in a decanter, the first taste was a zero. There was nothing there. After about two hours, the story changed. Wild berries on the nose, red and some blue fruit on the pallet, a hint of coco. Nice acidity with good tannins structure, will lend to decades worth of cellaring.

I think I’m under rating this, but time will be its friend. I knew going in this was too young, but as I’ve never had it before, why not. Popping the cork, and putting in a decanter, the first taste was a zero. There was nothing there. After about two hours, the story changed. Wild berries on the nose, red and some blue fruit on the pallet, a hint of coco. Nice acidity with good tannins structure, will lend to decades worth of cellaring.

9.3

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