Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape 2018 'Cuvee Girard'

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93+ Points Robert Parker with a 10-12 year drinking window.  An absolutely beautiful Chateauneuf du Pape from a legendary estate that is farming biodynamically.  The 2018 Cuveé Girard contains 80+ year old vines, and the blend is 90% Grenache with the balance in Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, and Counoise.  Here's the review from Wine Advocate: "Hints of dried spices, earth and black cherries, but the feel on the full-bodied palate is richer and more enveloping, with a creamy-velvety texture that flows seamlessly onto the long, plush finish."  Also from Rhone wine specialist Jeb Dunnuck: "Readers looking for the next superstar estate in Châteauneuf du Pape and Côtes du Rhône need to get on Raymond Usseglio’s bandwagon ASAP as the quality here is equal to anything out there today.  Deep ruby/purple, with a meaty, powerful bouquet of black raspberries, ground pepper, cured meats, and flowery garrigue, this beauty is medium to full-bodied and has a wonderful, supple mouthfeel, silky tannins and a great finish."

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