Notes from Weygandt-Metzler:
Stéphane Usseglio, son of Raymond, has taken over the domaine in the last few years and he is pushing to reach the potential of the family’s holdings, some of he best of Châteauneuf. Half his vines are situated near the road in the lieu-dit “La Crau” and the other half on the hill across the road from the actual ruins of the new castle of the Pope. He has the good fortune to have very old vines. The average age for his Châteauneuf vines is between 50 & 60 years old and the cuvée Imperiale vines are over 110 years old. We are now taking most of the Châteauneuf Roussanne Pur - barrel-fermented, unfiltered - that he can vinify for us. The Cuvée Girard is bottled exclusively for Peter Weygandt and is 85% Grenache with Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault filling out the blend. Considered one of the top producers in the appellation, Usseglio puts out consistently stellar wine every vintage.