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2000 Bois De Boursan and Raymond Usseglio CdP

It can be very satisfying to drink a mature Chateauneuf du Pape  from a base cuvee as this post demonstrates.  My favorite of the pair of wines featured in today’s post is the 2000 Domaine Bois de Boursan.  The nose was aromatic and classic as soon as the wine hit the decanter.  With a little bit of air it became a very satisfying wine to drink, while it will last I see no reason to hold back.  Several years ago I had purchased several bottles of the 2000 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils.  It has been a maddening purchase since many bottles have been corked.  I opened my last bottle over the holidays and was at first petrified because the cork stank.  Fortunately the decanted wine was free from defect.  It was modest yet complete and should be drunk up.  The cork did exhibit something I have never seen bore.  The next day the external end turned yellow!  It looks horrible compared to the Boursan cork.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2000 Domaine Bois de Boursan, Chateauneuf du Pape
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 5% Counoise, Cinsault.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a classic and gorgeous CdP nose of ripe fruit and garrigue which was fairly deep.  The initial flavors followed the nose but were even fresher.  There was black and red fruit, watering acidity, and still some structure.  There were old wood notes and blacker minerals in the finish.  With air it took on a chewy structure and became “thicker” as Jenn commented.  There was an earthy aftertaste of good length.  **** Now-2019.


2000 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils, Chateauneuf du Pape
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a  blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%.  This bore tangy red fruit which was underpinned by deeper berry and cedar notes.  It was still fresh becoming a little leaner in the middle.  The acidity was integrated and a little watery.  There were some baking spices with a little grip in the finish.  It was both modest and complete.  *** Now-2017.


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