2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Part des Anges, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône

2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Part des Anges, Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Rhône

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Mourvèdre makes 70% of the blend and is grown on the galets roulés terroir of Terres Blanches. Vinified in demi-muids, it blends with 20% Grenache in concrete and 10% Syrah in oak barrels. The result is fresh and grippy with amazing ageing potential. The nose brims with wild strawberries, blueberries, smoked meat and graphite. The palate is textured with tight, grainy tannins. Decant before serving.

Drink 2026 - 2046

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Wine Advocate96-98/100

Mainly Mourvèdre and fermented in demi-muids, the 2022 Chateauneuf du Pape la Part des Anges is another super offering from the talented Stephane Usseglio. Subtle hints of pencil shavings accent raspberries and cherries on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is wonderfully, supple, lush and long.

In 2021, Usseglio said, "We were lucky to not get frosted—only five out of 25 hectares were affected." Of course, he and his pickers had to dodge the same raindrops as everyone else during harvest, but his 2021s have turned out really well. In 2022, he said, "We had a good winter, then it was very dry, with small berries. With the coolish nights, the vines didn't stop—we already had finesse at the end of August. The ferments went fast, malolactic was quick [and] the wines are accessible early, like 2007."

If the wines really turn out like 2007, the 2022 vintage could be one for the ages—and not just at this domaine.

Drink 2025 - 2045

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (September 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

70% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Vinified in concrete tanks. Aged in foudres and demi-muids. Certified organic and biodynamic. Cask sample.

Tasted blind. The nose is showing plenty of oak. The palate is powerful, with firm tannins, a rich, opulent core of dark fruits and brimming with toasted oak. There is fruit concentration here and, with time, that might just integrate the significant oak.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Alistiar Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck93-95/100

With a modern tinge to its spicy red and black fruits, smoked meats, graphite, and peppery nuances, the Mourvèdre-dominated 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Part Des Anges is medium to full-bodied, has a silky, elegant mouthfeel, fine yet building tannins, and a great finish. The blend is 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, and 10% Syrah raised in foudre and demi-muid. It will have 10-15 years of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (October 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine Raymond Usseglio

Domaine Raymond Usseglio

This third-generation family domaine, of Italian origin, is today run 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 varying shapes and sizes. These winemaking techniques enhance the characteristics of each grape variety, carefully highlighting the particularities of each.

Stéphane’s 2021 wines are a great success, albeit 20-25% down in volume against their average yield. The wines show their trademark power and structure; but as we’ve seen with other producers, they also have lower levels of alcohol and higher acidity than the last two vintages. While this freshness makes them more approachable in youth than in some years, their structure will ensure they are nonetheless worthy of cellar ageing. They are wines to return to throughout their ageing process.

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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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Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre, aka Monastrell in Spain, is a common blending partner of Syrah and Grenache (aka Garnacha in Spain). In Australia and California it can also appear under the name Mataro.

Mourvèdre's bastion in France is Bandol, where it reigns supreme in the red blends and yielding a savoury, gamey, herby wine. It also commonly features in Southern Rhône, Languedoc & Rousillon blends. 

The grape needs a warm climate to ripen fully. Its stronghold in Spain are the appellations along the south-east Mediterranean(Murcia, Jumilla, Bullas), where it produces rosé, dry red and sweet fortified wines. Monastrell has played a significant part in Spain’s vinous heritage; it nurtures wines that are deep in colour and richly tannic, sometimes overbearing in their intensity and concentration

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