2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Part des Anges, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône

2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Part des Anges, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône

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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Part des Anges, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône

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The massive 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Parte des Anges reveals huge extraction, abundant new oak, and an intense, full style. While there is a tendency to call this modern-styled, the 70% Mourvedre component puts it in a different category than a traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Wines such as the Perrins Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Manfred Krankls and Philippe Cambies Chimere, and a few other offerings dominated by Mourvedre come to mind when tasting this cuvee. This 2010 needs to be forgotten for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 25-30 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2012

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Wine Advocate92+/100
Rober Parker91-93+/100
Wine Advocate92+/100
The massive 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Parte des Anges reveals huge extraction, abundant new oak, and an intense, full style. While there is a tendency to call this modern-styled, the 70% Mourvedre component puts it in a different category than a traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Wines such as the Perrins Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Manfred Krankls and Philippe Cambies Chimere, and a few other offerings dominated by Mourvedre come to mind when tasting this cuvee. This 2010 needs to be forgotten for 5-8 years and drunk over the following 25-30 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2012 Read more
Rober Parker91-93+/100
The only wine that struck me as somewhat atypical is the Chateauneuf du Pape La Parte des Anges, a blend of 70% barrel-aged Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah. It comes across more like a young Bordeaux than a young Chateauneuf du Pape. Impressively endowed in both 2009 and 2010 with lots of blue and black fruits, toasty oak, graphite, licorice and some of the blue fruit spectrum of Mourvedre. The 2009's tannins may be troublesome if they don’t completely resolve themselves.

Everything is there in the 2010, even though it is atypical for the appellation. However, I don’t think the tannins will ever become an issue if consumers are willing to wait the requisite 8-10 years both of these wines need. This is a connoisseur’s effort from Chateauneuf du Pape. To reiterate, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Parte des Anges (70% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah) has sweeter tannin than the 2009, and may age longer, but both vintages require a decade of cellaring. They are serious, massive, concentrated wines meant for long-term cellaring.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2011)

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Domaine Raymond Usseglio

Domaine Raymond Usseglio

This third-generation family domaine of Italian origins is run today by Raymond’s son, Stéphane Usseglio. The estate counts 24-hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, all of which have been managed biodynamically since 2011. Their vineyards are divided equally between the galet-strewn parcels around Orange, the sandy soils of Courthézon, and the alluvial, clay soils of the Crau plateau and the village of Bédarrides. Stéphane continues to innovate, using small, new oak barrels alongside the traditional foudres, as well as experimenting with concrete and terracotta amphorae of all shapes and sizes.

His ’20s are powerful, filled with structure and concentration, but also surprising freshness. Their complexity leaves you going back for more, and they are undoubtedly very age worthy.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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