Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges 2019
Late ripening and capricious, Mourvedre is certainly one of the most exacting varietals grown in the South of France, especially when it is situated, as here, at the northern limit of its growing region. This cuvee benefits from a rather unique elevage in order to complement the powerful tannins of the varietal. When the wine is put in barrel for the elevage, and part of its volume evaporates, we call it La Part des Anges (The Angels’ Share.) La Part des Anges is a unique cuvee for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape because the Mourvedre dominates the blend at 70%, complemented by 20% Grenache and a little Syrah (10%.) Count on carafing if you wish to drink this cuvee before its first 2-3 years of laying down. Because it is bottled without any filtration, some sediment – natural and beneficial to the aging process – is possible. An unusual and impressive Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a slew of elderberries and a licorice character. Enormous structure and concentration, the full tannins are already well integrated. The depth at the fundamental finish suggests this needs a lot more time to reach its best. A blend of 70% mourvedre, 20% grenache and 10% syrah. From Demeter-certified biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2024. Ripe and lush, with waves of dark currant, crushed plum and warmed fig backed by a graphite spine for form, while Turkish coffee, ganache and warm earth hints fill in on the finish. Mourv dre, Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2024 Opaque ruby. Heady, oak-spiced black and blue fruits, pungent flowers, wood smoke and licorice, along with a smoky nuance and a hint of cola. Broad and chewy in the mouth, offering cherry-vanilla, blackberry, candied violet and bitter chocolate flavors that turn sweeter through the back half. Finishes very long and spicy, with a repeating vanilla note and steadily building tannins.