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DOMAINE RAYMOND USSÉGLIO ET FILS

LVT 2018 r 2018 wh Stéphane Usseglio seeks finesse in his reds, so went back to the simplicity of concrete, then Stockinger casks (increase finesse) in 2015, dropping large old barrels that could give Brett in 2005, the first year he worked in sole charge of the domaine. In that year, he also stopped the use of synthetic products on the 20 hectare vineyard, the soils worked since then. The domaine is organic, and became officially biodynamic in 2010. It is moving along extremely well under his skilled hand.

The Tradition red was a ****(*) STGT wine in 2016. There was an excellent Cuvée Impériale in 2013, and a fabulous one in 2016, a ****** beauty. It is based on 1901-02 Grenache from sandy soils north of the village - hence the serenity. The other special wine, La Part des Anges, is more robust; it is 70% early 1970s Mourvèdre, a regular **** performer that in 2017 carried Bandol freshness, Châteauneuf-du-Pape strength, while the 2018 was woollybully wine, on the wild side, a lot of pumping heart in it. A fourth Châteauneuf-du-Pape red called Les Apôtres was introduced in 2015, just 3,000 bottles, that receives a four months' maceration, followed by 18 months in 6 to 8 hl amphore - to resemble what his ancestors did, namely long maceration, then small container raising. There are improved white wines as well here, emphasis on the Roussanne for the special Pure Roussanne which is very oaked in its infancy.

The vineyard has grown a little at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a lot across the River for Lirac (4 hectares, first wine 2018), Côtes du Rhône and Vin de France. Those vineyards are mainly on sandy soils at Saint-Geniès-de-Comolas.

Stéphane Usseglio 16 route de Courthézon BP 29 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Tel: +33(0)490 83 71 85

http://www.domaine-usseglio.fr

info@domaine-usseglio.fr

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Japan 3) NL 4) GB

Percentage Exported: 70%

British Importers: Berry Brothers, London www.bbr.com

USA Importers: Weygandt Selections PO Box 175 Rhinecliff NY 12574 +1845 516 4175 www.weygandtselections.com info@weygandtselections.com