Domaine Usseglio is, first and foremost, the story of a family. In 1948 Francis Usseglio, an Italian labourer, came to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work in the vineyards. His passion for wine and motivation led him to take on a few hectares of vines on a sharecropping basis known as métayage. His son Raymond took over from him, continuing the tradition but adding a modern touch by converting the vineyards to biodynamic. Today, the 24-hectare Domaine Usseglio is run by Francis' grandchildren, Jean-Pierre, Thierry and Stéphane and is one of the appellation's leading lights. Its grape varieties are typical for Châteauneuf with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault for red wine and Bourboulenc, Clairette and Grenache for white. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and harvesting is carried out manually. The resulting wines have plenty of character, combining power with a hint of rustic simplicity.
About the cuvée
Pure Roussanne is the sort of white Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is all too rarely found! A single-variety Roussanne wine, it is vinified and matured over many months, on the lees, using Burgundy methods. This Roussanne has been cultivated biodynamically in sand, clay and pudding-stone soils. Aromatic and rich, it reveals a gold visual aspect with green hues, complex notes of stewed stone fruit and sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla). It has a seductive fruit/acid balance on the palate. With its length in the mouth, it can be considered as a food-lover's wine, turning fish in sauce and white meats into something truly extraordinary.
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