Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2017 BIO
90% Grenache 5% Mourvedre 3% Syrah 2% Cinsault. The Grenache is up to 100 years old. Mostly whole grape fermentation with natural yeast. Fermentation and expansion completely in the cement tank, the wine has never seen wood. It is remarkable that both Usseglios develop their top wines exclusively in cement in order to preserve the pure fruit. Dark chocolatey black cherry mulberry nose. The black cherry is supported by elderberry and black olive, dark Belgian praline, toffees, cappuccino. Red cherry in the form of Mon Cherie and cherry liqueur, followed by concentrated wild strawberry. A rich hint of fresh acidity and salty, rocky minerality. That makes the amount of fine tannins almost spicy, very spicy. All three elements: acid, tannin, salty minerality are at the same high level - the balance is right. In contrast, the immensely lush black and red fruit has to fight in order not to go under the structure. The wine isn't fat, but it's a spicy blockbuster. The subtlety comes in aftertaste: red cherry with concentrated wild strawberry and wild raspberry. Here too, a salty trace remains on the tongue. Cinnamon, orange peel and fine bitter substances reverberate over two minutes. The wine needs a lot of time to push the fruit clearly into the foreground.