B-21 Top Recommendation
For long-time followers, collectors and consumers of the top rated estates in Chateauneuf du Pape, the surname Usseglio is immediately recognized. The brothers Usseglio – Raymond and Pierre – are owners of separate domaines in the region, Pierre the recipient of the family estate established by his father, Raymond having set off on his own in 1964. Both have their father, Francis Usseglio, to thank for their good fortunes; Francis having left his native Italy in the 1930s to create the family estate in the Rhone Valley.
In 1999, with his wife Danielle's encouragement, Raymond began to relinquish control of the family estate to his son, Stephane, who had tended the parcels with his father, bringing modern touches to the vinification processes since 1995. By 2004, Stephane in full charge of the estate and the world-famous consultant Xavier Vignon (Alain Jaume, Marcoux, La Nerthe) working side by side, Raymond Usseglio et Fils was at the top of its game. Every cuvee produced, from their various Cotes du Rhones through their centenarian vine based Cuvee Imperiale (once unobtainable in the States) eliminates the competition.