Saturday, July 6, 2013

Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard, 1998

Hachette's Guide to French Wines (2002) consider this one of the top Chateauneufs of the 1998 vintage, and that was the major reason I bought a few bottles. A decade and a bit later, I am not disappointed.

The bouquet is intense and deep--everything I expect from a traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape. Spice, cherries, garrigue and black pepper. A little bit of barnyard funk, but it's the funk that I love in old-style Chateauneuf du Pape. Smells and flavors are high toned and intense. Heady and full bodied with savory well defined fruit on the finish.

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