Stephane Usseglio Les Parcellaires Grenache 2016
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
Since taking on the family Domaine at the age of 20, Stéphane Usseglio has been making waves in more ways than one. His newest project ‘les Parcellaires’ focuses on the diversity of individual vineyards, and where this grenache is concerned that means a whole lot more oomph. Ripened to plump perfection on sandy soils, this wine is layered with savoury spice and plush red fruits that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Picked from 70 year-old vines planted by Stéphane’s grandfather, and aged 48 months in 90% concrete, this is no simple side-project for the third generation winemaker. Besides being an enticing example of Rhône Grenache, Stéphane’s commitment to certified Biodynamic and Organic practices in the Domaine means you get to enjoy your glass of vino, and feel good about it too.
“What a beautiful glass of red wine for a cold winter evening, or one in a strongly air-conditioned space. Lovely interplay of red fruits, savory and delicately spicy character. The tannins are now almost fully resolved and there’s a touch of licorice at the warming finish. A blend of 90% old vine grenache with 10% petite serine (one of the parents of syrah). Drink now.”
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- Rhône Valley
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The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!