Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Girard 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine Raymond Usseglio|
Peter Weygandt's requested unfiltered blend of about 90% Grenache (30% 115 year old vines, 70% average 50 years), 4% Mourvèdre, 4%Syrah, 2% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. A Chateauneuf that one can drink young, or 7 to 10 years.
A custom cuvée put together by their importer, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Girard from Raymond Usseglio generally includes slightly more Mourvèdre but, by and large, normally tracks the base cuvée pretty closely. 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. I actually like it a little more than the base cuvée, but it should age similarly, with a solid 10-12 years or more of prime drinking.